Brady, Gronk on hand as Patriots mini-camp begins
All eyes were on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Tuesday as he took the practice field for day one of the Patriots three-day mandatory mini-camp.
Right behind Brady was the return of Rob Gronkowski, who told NBC 10 News he was a little nervous.
"It was great. I feel good. A lot of excitement, obviously. Obviously had some jitters coming in, too, because first time when it's been awhile, you get the jitters going out there. You just don't know,” Gronkowski, a tight end, said. “It's football. You've got to compete. You're competing versus really good players every time you step out on the field. It felt good.”
Julian Edelman, who is recovering from a torn ACL last pre-season, was also at practice.
"It was great. Anytime you get the majority of the team, most of the team out here, it’s always nice,” Edelman said. “I always like looking at 12.” WL
Head Coach Bill Belichick would not talk about either player returning, but said he has a great relationship with Brady and isn't worried about players returning from voluntary workouts.
"Yeah, we have players that are in various stages of participation and so everybody does what they can -- the best they can -- to get ready to go,” Belichick said. “Whatever they can do. We have guys that are in a lot of different situations.”
Gronk admitted that he wants a new contract prior to the season, and also said retirement crossed his mind after Super Bowl LII.
"It definitely was in the mind, but I had to do what I had to do,” he said. “I felt where I felt good enough, get my body prepared, get my body right again, see where my body was at, see where my mind was at and I’m glad to be back out here. I feel like I definitely made the right decision coming back out.”
The Patriots will continue their minicamp on Wednesday and Thursday from Gillette Stadium.