It’s not easy to draw a compliment out of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. The Hoodie was complimentary of Gunner Olszewski’s progress since the 2019 NFL season.
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Bill Belichick Says Gunner Olszewski Has Come a Long Way
After spending much of the offseason working out with Julian Edelman, and getting himself into great shape, the fruits of Gunner Olszewewski’s labor appears to be showing.
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Bill Belichick on Gunner Olszeweski's improvement since 2019 – “Gunner’s improved tremendously – again, both physically and from a football standpoint. He’s a smart kid. He works extremely hard. He’s tough. He’s very, very competitive. He’s learned how to do a lot of different things for us, and he continues to work on things that will expand his opportunities. So, it’ll be interesting to watch him take advantage or try to take advantage of those opportunities, and watch him play and see how all that is coming together.” #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #PatriotsNations #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #PatrickChung #BrandonBolden #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesHarris #LamarMiller #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #DariusKilgo #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #MohamedSanu #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL
During a video conference call, Belichick talked up Olszewski’s toughness, competitiveness, and his improvement since last season. Olszewski seems to have established a connection with veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, but he’s probably going to need to seek to find the same kind of continuity with Cam Newton, who appears to be leading the race to become the team’s starting quarterback.
Stiff Competition at Wide Receiver
I think everyone already knew Edelman, second-year-pro N’Keal Harry, and Jakobi Myers were likely locks to make the 53-man roster. Mohamed Sanu, if healthy–which he has been–would also probably fill one of those roles. From there it would be a battle during training with camp with newly signed veterans like Damiere Byrd and Marqise Lee having something of an inside track. Well, Byrd has shown some flashes, and Lee opted-out due to COVID-19 concerns.
That leaves Olszewski and a group of undrafted free agents like training camp standout Devin Ross, to battle for the other spots available at receiver. Based on the Patriots’ familiarity with Olszewski and the positive take Belichick shared on him, it seems he could be in line to get one of those spots–even if it means he’ll be playing on special teams.
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