Don’t look now, but Sam Aiken is becoming a significant piece of the Patriots offense - and not just an ace on special teams.
Said Tom Brady, “When he gets the ball in his hands, he really runs with it, so we’re going to need that. Our third receiver position on offense is very important, and Sam is really stepping up and doing a great job in there.’’
Described by Belichick as “a big, physical player,’’ Aiken, at 6 feet 2 inches, 215 pounds, gives the Patriots a different look at the third receiver.
“He’s definitely different than Wes and different than Randy,’’ Belichick said. “He has a different playing style, different set of skills. I think they all complement each other pretty well, and he’s a physical player, which we see in the kicking game, but that shows up on offense, too.
“Sam works hard. He doesn’t say much, he’s a quiet guy, but he works hard, he’s always prepared, and he’s tough. He’s obviously earned everybody’s respect around here, and when he’s had an opportunity to play, he’s stepped in and done a good job for us.’’