Aside from that, the other 60 players are on the field, albeit to varying degrees of participation. Even at that, there is reason for optimism. Rookie tight end
And, of course, fellow tight end
Furthermore, rookie receiver
It remains to be seen, however, if Gronk and Amendola – two significant starters on offense – will be available this Sunday at 1 o’clock for kickoff with the Bucs.
Meanwhile, in the locker room after practice, running back
“Not at all,” he insisted. “I'm coming into work, doing everything that I have to do, supposed to do, and go out there and play a game, just like I didn't know nobody on that squad. I'm a Patriots player now, I don't play for the Bucs no more. I don't look at them as a former team, I look at them as somebody I've got to play against, just like everybody else.”
The most important thing he knows about the Bucs these days, he claims, is their deceptive 0-2 record.
“They're a dangerous opponent, they're a couple plays from being 2-0… It's just going to be us coming out there and executing our game plan.”