FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – No, Greg Lewis does not know how Tom Brady’s knee is doing. Besides, the Patriots’ new third receiver just met his quarterback.

After six years in Philadelphia, Lewis was acquired by New England on March 5 for a draft pick. He expects to compete for playing time behind starters Randy Moss and Wes Welker and contribute on special teams, where he has experience in a number of roles, including as a gunner on punt coverage.

He has yet to work with Brady, who missed almost all of last season due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery.

“Well, I didn’t graduate with a Ph.D., or an M.D., or any of those doctor’s terms so I can’t describe what he looks like or what he is,” Lewis said Monday on a conference call. “I know that when I get out there, whatever he asks me to do, I’m going to be ready to do it and I’m going to try to do it.”

The Patriots, who went 11-5 but missed the playoffs, recently traded backup Matt Cassel to Kansas City, indicating their confidence in Brady’s health.

“I met (Brady) today at a workout in the locker room and he came up to me and welcomed me to the team. He seemed like a great guy. I’ve seen him on film do great things and I’m just looking forward to (getting to work),”

The Patriots’ No. 3 receiver for the past couple of seasons, Jabar Gaffney, left to sign a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

Lewis caught a touchdown pass against the Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2005 and caught a career high 48 passes the following season. But his playing time diminished the last two seasons, and he caught only 19 passes for 247 yards in 2008.

He said he was not surprised by the trade and “could sort of see the writing on the wall,” with the Eagles.

“I have no ill feelings toward anything that took place in Philadelphia. I moved on, they moved on and I got a fresh start here,” he said.

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