Despite a bit of a delay in the Bubbleship connecting due to his “relaxation schedule” being thrown off, former Patriot Rosevelt Colvin was able to show the steely determination that made him such a solid professional football player by quickly recovering to talk to Toucher & Rich.
Colvin said that while the Atlanta Falcons have some dangerous weapons on offense, the Patriots should walk out of the Georgia Dome with a 4-0 record.
“I think Bill [Belichick], Tom [Brady], Vince [Wilfork] and the defense, they should be able to play the Falcons and come away with a victory without having any major, major concerns,” Colvin said.
Colvin also said that he didn’t have an issue with the way Brady demonstrably yelled at his rookie receivers two weeks ago.
“Tom going off in the game, going off on the sidelines, and I’m assuming he had a lot more to say in the meetings and in practice, it’s going to have those rookies understand that they’ve got to wake up and they’ve got to catch the ball now,” Colvin said. “I’ve seen Bill sit guys down because they can’t do what they’re supposed to do. At this point, with Amendola being out with a groin injury, they don’t have a whole lot of choice but to play those kids. So they’re in a fortunate position that they’ve got to be out there, so they better prove that they’re worthy of one, being active on Sunday and two, being on the roster.”
As for the potential return of Rob Gronkowski, Colvin said it is probably best to assume the tight end won’t be back at full strength until much later in the season.
“I’ve only had one situation where I missed a lot of the offseason. It affects you. You’re not the player that you could be if you had the entire offseason to prepare, to train, to lift, to run,” Colvin said. “He’s going to be a work in progress all the way up until Week 10, 11 or 12, because he has to get his body and his wind to the point where he can handle the rigorous training of every single day at practice, and then going into a game and recovering from that.
“At the end of the day, what he has to get himself ready to go for is probably 20 to 30 snaps a game, and if he can get through that healthy, that is going to be a benefit for the offense. I think they’re going to try to be as cautious as possible because I think what happened last year was they rushed him back and it wasn’t a good situation.”