FOXBOROUGH - Trevor Scott has but one regret when reminiscing about his two-sack game against the Patriots in 2008, when he was a rookie with the Raiders.
“Too bad it wasn’t [Tom] Brady,’’ Scott said.
Brady missed that game with a knee injury, so it was Matt Cassel who felt Scott’s wrath. The defensive end, who combined for 12 sacks over his first two seasons, would love to put up similar numbers and make a similar impact for his new team. He signed with the Patriots last month, and met with the New England media for the first time since then, after a Thursday workout at Gillette Stadium.
“Very happy to be here,’’ Scott said. “You just know what to expect when you come here, they’re born winners, they want to compete for the Super Bowl every year, so I know to come in here I’m going to have big shoes to fill.’’
Scott suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2010, and didn’t feel like he was 100 percent last season, when he appeared in 14 games but with limited production: no sacks, just seven tackles.
He wasn’t blaming the injury, though.
“It was what it was. That’s the name of the game,’’ he said. “I’ve seen a lot of different things in the league. Like I said, I’m just glad to be here, to start over.’’
A tight end when he started college - he played for Turner Gill at Buffalo, and was quick to add that he was the backup tight end - he converted to defensive end, and has thrived ever since.
“I just took it and ran with it,’’ Scott said. “I always had more of a defensive mind-set, so I loved the transition.’’
The Patriots re-signed defensive lineman Gerard Warren, and released receiver Tiquan Underwood for the second time in three months.
Warren, an 11-year veteran, has spent the past two seasons with New England. He played in 12 games last season (including all three postseason games), and finished with 16 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery. Terms of his deal were not disclosed.
Underwood appeared in just five games last season, and caught three passes for 30 yards. He was released by the team on the eve of the Super Bowl, then re-signed four days later.
The Patriots have a number of receivers - including former Patriot Jabar Gaffney, who signed on Wednesday - making Underwood expendable.
Billy Neighbors, an offensive lineman who played with the Patriots from 1962-65, died Monday in Huntsville, Ala. He was 72. Neighbors was drafted twice in 1962 after an All-American career at Alabama: By the Boston Patriots of the AFL, and the Washington Redskins of the NFL. He chose the Patriots, made the 1963 AFL All-Star team, and finished his career by playing four seasons with Miami.