“I think Tom has gotten better every year,” McDaniels said during a conference call Tuesday. “I wouldn’t say it’s dramatically different for Tom in terms of the way he prepares. He studies and prepares so well for each team and puts in so much hard work and does a great job of demonstrating how to get ready for each game.
“I see the same things from him. It’s a great example for our younger players to see how he goes about trying to prepare for this opening game. I see a guy that’s determined, that’s working extremely hard, that wants to play his best football and he’s trying to do everything that he can to make sure that happens this year.”
Safety Nate Ebner has emerged as one of the better rookies on the Patriot roster.
“He’ll come in and work hard every day,” defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said of Ebner. “So we’re definitely pleased with the effort and his ability to come in and work hard. But he’s obviously got a long way to go, so he’ll just keep working at it. I think the whole point of all of it is that you don’t set your standards too high and you don’t set your standards too low. You just try to see how he progresses each day, and that’s really just what we grade it off of. Make sure he comes in every day and tries to improve from the previous day, so that’s kind of where we’re at with it.”