Reporters sneaked in a couple minutes with linebacker Tedy Bruschi during the final moments of locker room access this morning and the 14th-year veteran was asked about his health, competing for a starting job, and his impression of the linebacking corps so far.
Bruschi missed a good chunk of training camp before returning last week and appearing as a reserve in the team's second exhibition game vs. the Bengals.
The 36-year-old linebacker gave a positive report on his health.
"I feel good," said Bruschi. "I think the best thing I feel about is my body, my body's doing well... (I've) been feeling good out there, been able to participate, not like the beginning of camp... now I'm just sort of in a progression like the other players, trying to get ready for the regular season."
Bruschi was asked about having to compete for his own starting job after appearing with the second-teamers during last week's game.
"I've been with every unit in my career," said Bruschi. "I've been with every single unit, so maybe it'd be different if I came in as a No. 1 overall pick and that's what I'd been my entire career, but I came in having to work my way in, so I know what it's like whether you play every down, or just play only first and second down, or just play special teams. I know what all those roles are like. I'm used to all of them and that helps.
"I've had so many years where, where you are in September is different from where you are in December. So I've learned that, ever since I was a third-down situational pass-rushing rookie that played on special teams, all the way through my entire career, that you never assume what your role is going to be. Just be ready when your coach calls on you."
As for Bruschi's take on the linebacking corps as a whole, he's optimistic.
"So far, so good," said Bruschi. "I don't think we've been doing terrible, we're making progress, week to week. Right now, it's not September, it's not October, so you really can't tell too much. From the four weeks we've had at training camp, I think the fans can look forward to seeing the linebackers make a lot of plays."