The New England Patriots are getting one of their good guys back. Henry Anderson suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the loss to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and missed the rest of the season. The Patriots didn’t have a chance to see their defender do his magic, but he is back now and his performance in training camp is awesome.
Head coach Bill Belichick respects versatile players and Anderson seems to be one of a kind. NFL analysts had great expectations from him and now he looks like someone who can contribute to the game. The Patriots big guy is entering a really challenging season and now is his time to shine.
“Henry was a full participant in the offseason program,” Belichick said Tuesday morning. “He did everything from Day 1: all the lifting, all the running, all the drills and everything. So, I think that’s all done with.”
Patriots defender does great job at training camp
The talented player is more than happy to join his teammates on the field. Anderson will finally get a chance to play his favorite game.
“It feels great,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “Getting hurt always sucks — it makes you realize how much you love the game. So, being back out there, just being with all the guys again, it’s awesome.”
As mentioned before, the versatile player will see different roles. Let’s see what works best for his skills.
“I’ve kinda been like that everywhere,” Anderson said of his versatility. “A lot of teams, you’ve got those outside linebacker types, and then you’ve got the big D-tackle types. So … I just try to be a dude that you can count on, really put anywhere on the line of scrimmage.
“Like, whether it’s over the center or over the tackle or tight end. I try to focus on good technique, know the defense really well, know every position so that, if the coaches need someone to go out there, they know that I know what to do and I can execute at a high level.”
Training camp is important for the Patriots. Players have to give their best shot and secure their future with the team. Belichick will trim the roster heading into Week 1 and some of the guys won’t get a chance to put on a Patriots jersey.