July 17, 2024

Patriots

The Patriots had been down a number of beginning offensive linemen at Wednesday’s observe.

New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) calls a play from the road of scrimmage through the second half of an NFL soccer sport towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa) AP

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — David Andrews is a workforce captain, a starter at heart, and somebody with ties to the Patriots’ most up-to-date Tremendous Bowl titles.

Given the state of New England’s offensive line, which in some ways resembles a season the place the wear and tear and tear continues to take its toll on a franchise that has no selection however to play out the string, Andrews nonetheless sees causes to be constructive heading into the Week 16 matchup at Denver. The very last thing the nine-year veteran desires to listen to is that the Patriots don’t have anything at stake.

“We’ve solely obtained three extra assured alternatives with this soccer workforce. It’s an enormous alternative for not solely your self however the group … everybody concerned,” Andrews mentioned on Wednesday. “Generally while you get in these positions, individuals will say you don’t have anything to lose. Now we have every thing to lose as a result of we’re taking part in this sport. You by no means know when it’s going to get taken from you or when it’s going to finish.”

A number of people have a chance to make an impression alongside Andrews after the Patriots positioned offensive lineman Cole Unusual on injured reserve earlier within the week. The second-year professional was carted off the sector with a knee damage that he suffered through the second quarter of Sunday’s dwelling loss to Kansas Metropolis.

“Robust child. I do know he’s going to do every thing he can to return again. If anybody can do it, he can,” Andrews mentioned concerning the rehab path that awaits Unusual.

Wholesome offensive linemen are at a premium for the Patriots as they head down the stretch of the season. Offensive lineman Conor McDermott didn’t observe Wednesday. He sustained a head damage that compelled him out towards the Chiefs.

New England may welcome again offensive lineman Trent Brown to the observe discipline after he missed the Kansas Metropolis sport. With Unusual sidelined, New England will probably flip to rookie Atonio Mafi for the remainder of the season at left guard. A chance can be open for second-year lineman Vederian Lowe to see his workload enhance starting with Sunday’s matchup towards the Broncos. Lowe completed this previous week’s sport at left deal with after McDermott was dominated out.

“As a workforce, you wish to combat and compete and get as many wins as you possibly can. There are guys who’re going to get completely different alternatives developing right here with Cole and Conor coping with some stuff.

“It’s an excellent alternative to study while you get thrown into the fireplace when you must learn and react and do various things,” Andrews mentioned earlier than throwing it again to a time in Patriots historical past when an damage allowed for the launch of the profession of one of many best winners in NFL historical past.

“Take into consideration Tom Brady. What if Drew Bledsoe had by no means gotten damage? You by no means know while you’re going to get a chance. It’s important to be able to reap the benefits of it,” Andrews mentioned. “The extra snaps you play, the extra the sport slows down a bit and also you’re not going 1,000,000 miles an hour. As a rookie, there’s loads piled on you all year long. Because the years go on, you work it out. Whether or not you’re a veteran or a rookie, you’re attempting to enhance every week.”