FOXBORO — Albert Haynesworth made his Patriots debut Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Giants and then went out of his way to thank the Patriots for giving him a chance to save his career. He and fellow newcomer Andre Carter were together on the defensive line, as they were the last two seasons in Washington, when Haynesworth quickly fell out of favor with the Redskins, the team that gave him $41 million guaranteed as part of a seven-year, $100 million deal prior to the 2009 season.
“We were talking about how different it is and how we really like this place,” Haynesworth said of his in-game chat with Carter. “This is a career-saving place for me to come. I had no idea it would be like this but it’s unbelievable. I wish I kind of took [a look at the Patriots] two years ago and came here.”….
“I can’t believe it,” Haynesworth said. “We have a lot of experience and a lot of great guys. Also, being around the young guys has been awesome. I feel right at home here. I wish I had been here earlier.” WEEI.com
And let the rebirth of Albert Haynesworth begin. If you caught big Albert’s first down as a Patriot in the first quarter, then you saw him push back a poor Offensive Lineman about six yards in the backfield. Later on that quarter, Albert did the same thing and almost tackled the running back for a loss on the opposite side on the line. The guy is a force when he wants to be, and from the sound of it, he appears he is going to be.
Only a place like New England can transform a borderline insane athlete like Haynesworth. It’s almost like New England is a rehab center for junkies, and the junkies being over the top obnoxious athletes. So as of right now, Big Al’ is saying and doing the right things in rehab. But I’m not holding my breath, because this dude has relapsed multiple times in the past.