FOXBORO — These next few weeks are huge for Patriots wide receiver Braxton Berrios, and he knows it.
The second-year player reportedly started showing up at Gillette Stadium well ahead of this week’s reporting deadline for veterans, and that attitude has carried over through the first session of the summer.
“It’s not comfortable. There’s a sense of urgency,” Berrios said. “I have a long way to go. I didn’t get to participate too much last year in this and then obviously I was on IR. It’s a sense of urgency.”
The Miami product spent all of last season on injured reserve after a decent showing in training camp last summer.
Although he didn’t get to play, or even practice last season, he was able to take some things in, but he isn’t letting that allow him to relax one bit.
“There’s some knowledge being around for a year that comes with it and I try to use it to the biggest advantage that I could. I wouldn’t say comfortably,” he said. “There’s some knowledge, but there’s a sense of urgency.”
Berrios is part of a wide open competition at wide receiver, which doesn’t have any locks besides Julian Edelman and first-round pick N’Keal Harry. It likely will come down to who performs the best the next few weeks and earns the trust of Tom Brady.
One thing does seem certain for Berrios, he has the right mindset.
“Just work, honestly. Every little thing. Every detail I can,” he said. “It’s Day 1. Things are going to happen, mistakes are going to happen. Learn from them and don’t make the same mistake twice.”