Pawtucket Times

Brown at home with Patriots

Tackle re-signed with New England in March

- By BRENDAN McGAIR bmcgair@pawtuckett­imes.com

WORCESTER — Rookie minicamp for the New England Patriots began on Friday. For Trent Brown, it’ll be his first opportunit­y to lay eyes on 2022 first-round pick Cole Strange – someone who’s in line to become Brown’s fellow blocker on the left side of the offensive line.

What piece of advice would Brown – preparing for his eighth NFL season – give to Strange as he prepares to cut his teeth as a profession­al? Appearing at Polar Park Thursday night, Brown took a stroll down memory lane as he flashed back to his first rookie minicamp. It was 2015 and Brown was looking to make his mark with the San Francisco 49ers.

“Being a seventh-round guy, I felt like I was on pins and needles. I honestly felt like that my whole first year,” said Brown.

“I try to encourage all the young guys. I know there are different situations. First rounders or free agents, I try to give them the same advice based on their unique situations – good sound advice – and wish them all the best.”

Brown, 29, re-signed with the Patriots in March after spending last season in Foxboro. He re-acquired in a trade with the Raiders after the 6-foot-8 tackle spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. Brown’s first stint with the Pats lasted one just one season but culminated with a win in Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams.

“I feel like this is home. My family enjoys it here. I enjoy it here. I love the organizati­on. It was kind of a no-brainer,” said Brown.

Offseason workouts in Foxboro have been underway for a few weeks. For Brown, it’s been a time to reconnect with teammates and forge a new bond with the offseason additions to the roster.

“There’s nothing like it … just shooting the (expletive) day-in and day-out with the guys.

It’s crazy that I’m one of the old guys in the room,” said Brown, 29. “I knew the day would come, but I guess it’s time this year, right?”

The forecast for Mac Jones heading into his second year as New England’s starting quarterbac­k should be high, says Brown.

“The expectatio­n is your best day-in and dayout. If you’re not doing that, then you’re letting all of us down,” said Brown. “I think Mac gives his best day-in and day-out and you’ll continue to see that.”

Brown’s appearance at Polar Park doubled as an opportunit­y to promote his foundation, TB77.

“It’s all about having a soft spot in my heart for the less fortunate … people who have been through disasters and kids who are bullied in school for not being able to wear the nicest things,” he said. “A lot of things I do is behindthe-scenes. I don’t do it for the recognitio­n … lights, camera, action. I do it out of the goodness of my heart.

“I try to make an impact wherever I have my feet at within whatever community I’m a part of,” he added.

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