Rookies, in particular, can fall victim to this, which is why the Patriots often instill in them the importance of staying humble when talking to the media. Listen to them speak and you’ll pick up on a recurring word: improve.
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“A lot of that has developed on the practice field. I try to come out here every day and compete and keep getting better… It doesn’t really matter what we did last week. I have a lot to improve on for this week,” said Sudfeld.
He maintained that he’s not listening to all the media hype surrounding him thus far, either.
“I’ve been pretty busy in the facility just trying to focus on getting better. There are so many things I have to improve on, really. I’m just a rookie and have a lot of work to do to get to where I want to be. It’s a long road ahead, but I look forward to doing it. It’s been good so far.”
“I can feel the transition,” Dobson began. “[The veterans and coaches] definitely said, ‘This game is going to be more intense out there.’ I already know it’s going to pick up when the regular season comes. There’s a lot more to play for… After the first game [at Philadelphia], I had to get the jitters out, but I’m just trying to improve every day and be the best I can be.”
It’s not just rookies, though, who are towing that company line. Veteran QB
“No,” insisted Tebow with his characteristic smile, “I’m just worried about improving every single day and having fun out there at practice.”
Thursday night's game against the Lions kicks off at 7:30.