August 17, 2011

Patriots Beat: Light brings rare charm back to Pats

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Albert Haynesworth
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Matt Light, left, is bringing his lighthearted personality and dancing abilities back to New England after re-signing with the team.

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"That's why we're out here. We're out here to compete, compete against each other, compete against the opponents. Drafting a guy that can come and fill in for these old bones, it was inevitable, so hopefully we'll have some fun teaching him a thing or two."

Light said he didn't have any contact with the Patriots after the lockout began -- "Things went mute." -- but that they started talking soon after the collective bargaining agreement was agreed upon by both owners and players.

He said the lockout "was painful" for a lot of the Patriots, simply because this is a close-knit team that likes to be around each other. He loves the pickups of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and said he will miss defensive end Ty Warren, who was released.

And, yes, he's looking forward to today's practice -- his first of the preseason.

"When you first put the pads on, whether you been doing it for two months or 20 years, you definitely go through a little bit of a transition," said Light. "But you know what? It will happen and it will be like old days. Once you hit someone in the mouth once, it's like you've done it 100 times." 

Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH


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