Patriots coach Bill Belichick last spoke to reporters Thursday morning, about seven hours before news came that the Patriots had acquired cornerback Aqib Talib from Tampa Bay at the NFL trading deadline.
There was no official announcement from the team on the deal, no quote from Belichick on what the former first-round pick might add to the secondary.
And at noon Monday, when he led off the weekly conference call that also included defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Belichick still wasn’t saying much about Talib.
“Right now really, our focus is on the Bills and the players that will be preparing for the game with the team and the players that are here at this time,” Belichick said when asked about Talib. “We’ll take that as it comes. When he gets here, we’ll deal with that then.”
Talib is serving one more week of an NFL-imposed four-week suspension for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances. He is expected to add depth to the Patriots’ challenged secondary, but Belichick didn’t delve into which of Talib’s attributes attracted him.
“I think he’s a good player,” Belichick said. “I think he can help our football team. That’s why we traded for him.”
Patricia, whose unit Talib will be joining, didn’t offer much more than his boss when asked how he plans to use the cornerback.
“He’s a good player and when we get a chance to work with him, we will address those issues at the time,” Patricia said. “Right now, we’re just really pushing ahead on Buffalo.”