Lousaka Polite Rushing to Learn Playbook Fast

Lousaka Polite Rushing to Learn Playbook Fast

Jay Adams

Published August 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Spending time in a couple of different offensive systems has helped veteran fullback Lousaka Polite in a lot of ways, one of which will definitely come in handy in his most recent role.

With two weeks and one preseason game already in the books, Polite — who has seen time with Dallas, Chicago, Miami and New England — is in a hurry to get the Falcons’ playbook down cold so he can compete with Mike Cox for the starting fullback position.

Polite, who played in just one game last season for the Patriots after being picked up late in the year, has been keeping in shape physically, so he feels like he’s good in that department. But learning the playbook on short notice has been a task thus far.

“You cut back on the hours of sleep you get a night,” Polite said with a smile after Sunday’s practice. “You’re just trying to rewrite the notes and digest as much as you can get, just force feed yourself. Luckily, I’ve been around enough offenses that some things make sense, but at the same time, some of the terminology carries over and you might get mixed up, so you’ve got to really, really drill it. Repetition: That’s how I learn best.”

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