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Andrews 'excited' about new-look Patriots roster entering 2021

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The New England Patriots roster has undergone significant changes since the end of last season, and that has one of the team's captains pretty fired up.

Veteran center David Andrews re-signed with the Patriots in the offseason. It was one of a few moves made to strengthen the offensive line, a unit that projects to be top five in 2021.

"We're super excited to be back, super excited to see all the new faces we've added, especially now that the draft just ended," Andrews said Tuesday morning in a virtual press conference. "This is home, it's a special place to me."

The offense as a whole is going to look a lot different.

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Free agency saw the Pats sign tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, as well as center Ted Karras, among other moves. New England also added a top QB prospect through the 2021 NFL Draft when it took Alabama's Mac Jones in the first round.

These transactions look great on paper, but Andrews understands that the hard work and preparation for Week 1 is only just beginning.

"You gotta be excited looking at it," Andrews said. "Now, it comes down to the stuff people don't want to talk about, how much work you put in now over the next few months. Learning to work together. We just have to become a team."

 
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One notable addition was the Patriots trading for offensive tackle Trent Brown in a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. Brown started at left tackle for the Patriots in 2018 when they won Super Bowl LIII, and he left to sign a massive contract as a free agent with the Raiders the ensuing offseason.

Andrews is pumped to have Brown back on the offensive line.

"You forget how big Trent is," Andrews explained. "I kind of got used to it in 2018 and then I saw him the other day, he was lying down, getting some treatment, I just could not believe how big that human is. He's a great player."

Incorporating a bunch of new players on both sides of the ball will be a tough challenge for the Patriots coaching staff. Luckily for them, and the rest of the league, the 2021 offseason programs should be easier to navigate than 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for players to practice on the field together.