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Friday, August 08, 2008

Pierre Woods Stars in Pats' Preseason Opener



There were some bright spots — mostly on defense, where many of New England’s regulars saw at least a few series’ worth of action.

Pierre Woods was the standout, as the former undrafted rookie finished with three tackles, a sack, a forced and recovered fumble and a pass defensed. He was one of the few players to play the entire game.

Woods started at outside linebacker opposite Adalius Thomas. With Mike Vrabel just coming off the physically unable to perform list, Woods has gotten a lot of time with the first-team defense in training camp. He led New England with 21 special-teams tackles last year but did not see much time with the defense.

“I think he’s improved every year,” Belichick said of Woods. “He has had a good training camp this year and it looked like he got in on a few plays out there.”

“I was up here [in New England] for almost the entire (offseason) working out and working hard,” Woods said. “I will continue to do the things I’m supposed to do to become a better linebacker, and hopefully it will all pay off.”

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