BOSTON (CBS) – Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth had his first practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.
Haynesworth was released by the Patriots on Tuesday, but had nothing but nice things to say about head coach Bill Belichick and the organization when addressing the Tampa media for the first time.
Haynesworth, who registered only three tackles in six games, said he wished he had been able to play more in his short time with the Patriots.
“I felt like I could still play. I just wanted to prove myself,” said Haynesworth. “There, it was a great place. Coach Belichick is a great guy and it’s a great system, but I just wanted to play more. I wanted to practice more, get more reps and the more plays I got the better I would get. I just wasn’t getting a lot of reps, so they made the decision and let me go.”
He also said his conditioning was good, but again, lack of playing time led to his inability to shake off the rust.
“I felt like I was in pretty good shape there, but I just needed to get more plays,” said Haynesworth. “If I came out of the game to get a breather, maybe a few plays later I’d hope to get back in, but there we didn’t do that.”