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James Harrison tight-lipped in first meeting with New England media (vid)

James Harrison was a man of few words on Friday during his first interaction with the local media after joining the New England Patriots earlier this week.

Harrison, surprisingly cut loose by the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, was remarkably tight-lipped while meeting with reporters following a dramatic week.

The full transcript of the session, as transcribed by NESN:

Is there anything you’d like to add to what you wrote on Instagram and what you told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette?
“That’s it.”

What motivates you to keep playing as a 39-year-old?
“I like to compete.”

Do you anticipate having a role in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets?
“I’m going to go out whenever the coach puts me out there.”

Did you consider signing anywhere else?
“There was no other offers.”

Do you hope to get a lot of playing time?
“Hopefully.”

What have the last 72 hours been like for you?
“Different.”

How much to do you feel like you have left in the tank? Could you play every snap if they asked you to?
“I’ll go out there whenever they ask.”

What’s it been like being in the Patriots’ meeting rooms?
“Just a little different. You’ve got to learn a new scheme.”

Does it hurt you to hear what some of your former teammates have said about you?
“Next question.”

What’s it been like working with the Patriots’ defensive leaders, like Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon?
“They’ve been very helpful, trying to (help me) learn the differences in the schemes.”

Has it been overwhelming at all trying to learn the playbook?
“A little bit.”

What’s been the biggest surprise for you?
“No surprises.”

It looked like you were giving rookie Derek Rivers some tips yesterday. Do you enjoy helping younger players?
“What am I going to teach him? I don’t even know the playbook?”

How did you get No. 92 from Geneo Grissom?
“That’s between me and him.”

Does that number mean a lot to you?
“Good.”

Harrison’s succinct responses and the way he conducted himself with the media of course would make Patriots head coach Bill Belichick proud, as the curmudgeonly coach was similarly tight-lipped with reporters earlier in the week when discussing the Harrison signing.

Let’s just say Harrison was much more forthcoming and verbose in the aforementioned interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as well as in an Instagram post he fired off earlier Friday.

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