Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell ‘Eager to Play’ Following Injury


New England Patriots rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell expected to be ready by the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

There is a certain amount of maturity and patience a player must possess to make it in the NFL. Malcolm Mitchell appears to have it. Along with talent and focus, the New England Patriots fourth-round draft choice out of the University of Georgia is “eager” to prove much more as the 2017 NFL season gets underway on September 11.

Mitchell is especially eager after suffering a left elbow injury in his preseason debut against the New Orleans Saints. Up until that point he was having a solid training camp and was showing that he was the kind of wide receiver the Patriots have been searching for.

The nasty-looking injury halted Mitchell’s strong debut in which he caught four passes for 55 yards. With the awkward way he went down, it is quite amazing that he is nearing a return. Bouncing back rather quickly, Mitchell has returned to the practice field and it is his patience with dealing with the injury that has him almost ready to continue showing just what he can do in a New England Patriots uniform.

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“I’m not a big fan of hesitating or letting something slow me down. An injury is an injury. You just deal with it,”

he said Tuesday

. “I think it’s worse if you think about it too much. Obviously, you have to be smart about it, but at some point you’ve just go to let it go and just play. Yeah, I’m trying to get ready for my next opportunity to go.”

Since sustaining the injury, Malcolm Mitchell has kept himself prepared mentally while he recovered physically. He has been watching film as well as observing his teammates in practice. What he has gained in those three weeks is a new perspective on the game of football and how to dissect plays he sees on the screen. It has also strengthened his eagerness as a football player.

“You come in eager to learn, eager to play, eager to prove yourself, and then…you just have to be patient and wait for the time to be able to do that again,” continued Mitchell.

Despite not playing in the fourth and final preseason game against the New York Giants, Mitchell is expected to make the New England Patriots 53-man roster. In fact, he could be a reason why Aaron Dobson may have seen his time with the Patriots come to an end.

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