Cornerback Duke Dawson showed a good grasp of life as a member of the Patriots before he even signed a contract with the team.
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Dawson spoke to the media on Tuesday and was asked about his early experiences with the team.

It’s great. Like I said, I just come in every day 鈥?open ears, closed mouth 鈥?to learn, Dawson said, via comments distributed by the team.

The open ears, closed mouth part should suit coach Bill Belichick just fine and Dawson now has the next four years to continue showing he gets the Patriot way. Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that Dawson has signed his rookie deal.

He appears to be back, but his coach says he never left.

This guy’s a two-time MVP, and he bounces back from bad games as well as anybody I’ve ever seen, so it didn’t surprise me, Warriors coach Jake Lamb Womens Jersey Steve Kerr said.

Everybody on this team has something to prove, Reaves says. We call ourselves the Golden Misfits for a reason. We’re doing a good job of proving everybody wrong.

In Pittsburgh, they never really carried a player like me. I don’t know if it was … they just wanted me around. But I wasn’t playing a whole lot, and here I was playing a lot more. It was more toward the minutes I was playing last year in St. Louis.

Reaves’ regular-season average ice time with the Golden Knights was 9:55, far above his career average of 7:56. In Pittsburgh, there were 18 games in which he played six minutes or less. (It should be noted that in Game 5, Reaves played just 6:58, less ice time by far than any of his teammates). However, Reaves plays into a big theme for the Golden Knights this season, thanks to coach Gerard Gallant: Players have been given a bigger opportunity and freedom to explore their limits.

Limited Mens Karl Joseph Jersey He gave me no reason not to play him, Gallant said. That’s what I liked about him: He’s a character guy, he’s a leader guy. When he didn’t play games, he wasn’t sulking.
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Between the 2009-10 and 2013-14 seasons — spanning time in the AHL and NHL — Reaves fought 84 times, according to hockeyfights.com. Reaves has fought only six times this season — all before Jan. 1. He hasn’t engaged in a fight while with the Golden Knights.