BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots team President Jonathan Kraft spoke glowingly about the team’s two free agent cornerback acquisitions and how their presence has already made an impact on the entire defense, but first he took the time to honor former Patriots corner Ty Law, who will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame Friday.
Kraft appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak program Thursday morning to chat with Andy Gresh and the voice of the Patriots Bob Socci, filling in for the vacationing Scott Zolak.
“[Ty Law] was one heck of a cornerback. He brought a physical presence to the field that I haven’t seen since at the cornerback position, at least here,” Kraft said of Law. “If you think back to that first Super Bowl against the Rams I think you can make the case that he cemented that victory. We certainly don’t win that Super Bowl without him.”
Law’s induction ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held outside The Hall at Patriot Place beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, just prior to the team’s annual in-stadium practice for season ticket members.
From one great former Patriots cornerback to a pair of newcomers already making noise this training camp, team President Jonathan Kraft says he loves what he’s seen so far from Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
On Revis, what’s stood out the most to Kraft has been his leadership.
“While he doesn’t bring the extroverted swagger and edge that somebody like Ty did, he brings leadership in a very quiet, confident, articulate and mature way. It’s been awesome to see. We have a lot of young guys at that position and I think it’s going to be really special,” said Kraft. “It’s been great to make the addition.”
Not lost on Kraft is the impact of Brandon Browner as well.
“I think he’s been as awesome addition for us. Safeties have been known to bring it and bring it with attitude, but when you have a cornerback who’s physical and has that swagger there’s an intimidation element to it that clearly can help a whole defense versus the offense. When you have the guys not in the front seven bringing that attitude and swagger it only helps to permeate through the whole thing and makes the defense much more energetic.”
Kraft also spoke of Jimmy Garoppolo, improvements to the facilities and much more — listen below: