The New England Patriots won last night’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21, with star quarterback Tom Brady completing 25 of 32 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns. A lot of that had to do with the fact that rookie center David Andrews, who went undrafted out of Georgia in the spring, did a great job of protecting the future Hall of Famer.
In the entire game, Brady was only sacked twice for a total loss of seven yards and looked as calm and poised in the pocket as ever. Speaking to reporters after the game, Brady had nothing but good things to say about Andrews, who assumed the starting center’s role in training camp after the two men ahead of him in the race suffered injuries.
“We’ve worked pretty hard getting (David) up to speed, and he did a tremendous job. I think all three of those rookies that played on the inside did phenomenal. It’s a tall task to get them up to speed with all different variations and protections and adjustments that we tend to make, and I thought they really hung in there.
“They played with a lot of toughness, so it was great to … Dave did a great job at center. Tre’ and Shaq and the two tackles are phenomenal, so it was great protection all night. It really allowed us to get some guys open down the field.”
If Andrews protects the quarterback as well as he did last night for the rest of the season, expect him to become another member of New England’s storied offensive line as the Patriots work towards another successful season.
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