With all of the moves affecting the New England Patriots in the offseason, the players are taking notice.
Patriots running back Sammy Morris took a break from his appearance at the “Ready by the River” literacy fair at Tufts University to discuss the return of players like Kevin Faulk and Vince Wilfork.
“I think it’s always a good thing to kind of bring back familiar faces,” Morris said. “It’s no secret that the only constant in the NFL is change, and there’s going to be a little bit of that every year but to see familiar faces come back is always good for the locker room and the team as well.”
Adding Faulk to that group of returning players was key, Morris said.
“I think it’s very important,” Morris said. “He’s one of the longest tenured Patriots and I think there’s tons that he brings to the locker room and the field as well.”
Morris also addressed Wes Welker’s injury, saying he did not know Welker played with a torn rotator cuff during the season.
“It’s another thing that’s kind of a constant in the NFL is injuries,” he said. “You hate to see those things happen especially to a guy like Wes but he’s a tough guy and I have no doubt he’ll do everything to get back on the field.”
This is the second year that Morris has participated in the literacy fair which is in its 11th year …
He read to elementary students from Somerville and Medford and answered their questions about the Patriots.
“Really since I’ve been in the league I’ve been big on reading and different programs,” Morris said. “Even in my own house I’m a big reader, my oldest is a really big reader and trying to get my two youngest ones into reading as well. I think it’s really important and it’s entertaining really.”