The Patriots made ZERO first round picks last night. The NFL draft kicked off last night and the Patriots ended up trading back to the second and third round. With the draft going on, one bit of important information sort of hung out in the weeds. Patriots center David Andrews announced last night he will return to football in 2020.
Announcement from David Andrews on Instagram: He’s good to go.
Patriots center says he’s “excited that I’ll have the opportunity to play the game I love again” after missing all of last season with blood clots.
(Jarrett Stidham is pumped, too.) pic.twitter.com/buC7qXwJVX
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) April 24, 2020
The actual announcement from Andrews himself was made on his instagram.
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I know 2020 has affected everyone in ways we couldn’t have imagined prior. But with the draft over the next few days a lot of dreams are gonna be realized for a lot of players entering the league. During this time there has been a lot of time for reflection on the past, present and future. As to the future I’m excited that I’ll have the opportunity to play the game I love again. When and whatever the nfl season looks like I’m just thankful that I’ll be able to get back to competing with my teammates and coaches. Go pats
This is great for a few reasons.
His Leadership and Respect Earned Throughout the Organization
"David has been a great asset to our program. Nobody worked harder in his capacity and role, even last year when he wasn't playing. The more players and people we have like David Andrews in our building, the better for the Patriots." — director of player personnel Nick Caserio https://t.co/ZdPYnNpFni
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 24, 2020
Some strong words here from Nick Caserio. It’s very clear the Patriots think the world of this guy. He works his butt off and has worked even harder to get back on the field. His efforts paid off as he now will be under center for the Patriots in 2020. This is quite the testament for any player.
(Hopefully) No More Marshall Newhouse!
Ravens 37, Patriots 20:
⬆️ Justin Bethel, Mohamed Sanu, James White
⬇️ Marshall Newhouse, Shilique Calhoun, Jason McCourty
🧀 Run D in 1Q
🔄 Turnovers swing it
🥊 Heavyweight fight
⏭ Tempo plan on O
4️⃣9️⃣ers NFL’s last undefeated team
👋 Next: Bye
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 4, 2019
This is only one instance. But, it was a sign of things to come. Marshall Newhouse was signed in September of 2019 and he was just abysmal. With Andrews back in the lineup, your line gets a lot better. Give me an O-line of Isaiah Wynn, Joe Thuney, Andrews, Shaq Mason, and Marcus Cannon. Fire Newhouse into the sun for all I care. The line I just mentioned protects your quarterback very well. Getting rid of Newhouse is good talent wise and financially speaking as well.
I’m happy for David Andrews. He had blood clots which kept him out of 2019, so that was a blow to his career. But now, he’s back and I think Patriots fans are happy about that. Give me the line that I mentioned a few times and whoever your 2020 QB is will be just fine. Now, let’s see some picks in the draft to help get this team back to the playoffs!
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