FOXBORO -- The Patriots have been through this song and dance before. Veteran receivers from Joey Galloway to Chad Ochocinco to Reggie Wayne have joined the the team and had difficulty, for whatever reason, adapting to the way things are done in New England.
But according to Michael Floyd's college coach at Notre Dame, former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, that shouldn't be an issue this time around. Because of Floyd's experience in Weis' system, he should already know the language that distinguishes the Patriots' offense from others. That language, Weis explained, hasn't changed all that much since he was last on Bill Belichick's staff in 2004.
"How many places can you go to where you're going to know 75 percent of the verbiage walking through the door?" Weis told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show. "The verbiage is the same verbiage, with Josh's tweaks and what's matriculated over the past decade, the verbiage is still the same . . . There's just a 25 percent spinoff in every system. You've got a guy who comes in here who doesn't have to learn the system all over again. Mentally, you've got a big advantage over other guys because you already know what to do."
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Michael Floyd, wearing No. 14, warming up for his first practice with the Patriots. pic.twitter.com/jB5Aeswf6C— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) December 16, 2016
Belichick was more reluctant to declare just how much information Floyd will be able to absorb this season.
"I don't know," Belichick said Friday morning. "He's been here a couple hours . . . Look, this isn't the first time a player's ever come to the team during the season. So we're not talking about a historical event here. Whether it was Alan Branch two years ago, whether it was Kyle Van Noy this year, whether it was Jonathan Casillas, whether it was Griff Whalen a week ago. It's the same thing we've talked about with every one of those guys. We'll see how it goes."
For Weis' part, the expectation is that it will go relatively smoothly.
"Where he's coming from," Weis said, "he played under me, he knows all those words."