September 19, 2013

Patriots Beat: Ugly wins? Yes, but Pats want more time to look their best

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, left, intercepts a pass intended for Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) in front of Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) in the fourth quarter Sept. 12 in Foxborough, Mass.

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But, to a man, the Patriots say it's far too early to be worrying about how the offense is performing.

"Obviously there's things you want to do better, and you can do better and you have done better," said Vollmer. "You want to produce on game day, that's what we strive for, that it all comes together."

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and Vollmer understand the perception that the team is struggling. This is an offense that routinely put up 30 points a game for the last couple of seasons. Right now they've scored 36 in two games.

Even they expect to do better.

"I think our personal expectations are high," said Vollmer. "You always want to do good. You want to have a perfect game which, how achievable that is, is questionable. But you strive for that. As a player, you want to set high goals that you want to achieve."

It's still early and the Patriots are looking to build on what they've started.

"You don't want to be playing your best football the first or second game," said Hoomanawanui. "That being said, you don't want to throw away games either. We're just trying to build and get better each and every day and play our best football toward the end of the year."

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