David Andrews reacts to number of Patriots lost this offseason

Ryan Hannable
June 26, 2020 - 9:21 am

It wasn't just Tom Brady the Patriots lost this offseason.

New England also saw Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon, Ted Karras, Nate Ebner and more depart for other teams.

Appearing on the Athletes Over Adversity podcast recently, David Andrews explained what it's like to lose so many teammates in one offseason.

“Unfortunately, that’s just part of this business,” Andrews said via Pats Pulpit. “You’re going to lose teammates every year to trades or to cuts. I learned that early on. My wife and I, we were really close with this couple. We came in together and were actually roommates during the offseason program. He ends up getting traded in the middle of our second year. That’s just part of this business, and it is what it is. You hate losing a teammate no matter who it is.”

He added: “I remember losing Nate Solder after 2017. He was such a great role model, a leader, a guy that I looked up to and respected. Losing him was like, ‘Damn, what are we going to do?’ Then we get Trent Brown — I love Trent and have the utmost respect for him, enjoyed playing with him. Obviously, he was a hell of a football player, too. We had a great room [in 2018], just a great offensive line. ‘Man I don’t want this to end’ and the next thing you know, he’s leaving. And you’re like, ‘That sucks. Where’s Trent?’ But now I got to play with Isaiah Wynn who I went to Georgia with."

Andrews also had a great analogy to describe what life is like in the NFL.

“You learn that very quickly in the NFL: NFL stands for ‘Not For Long,’" he said. "I think that can be applied to many things, whether it’s your own career or teammates. That’s just part of it and you can’t let it get you down. You have to move forward.”

Now, Andrews and the Patriots will move on with Jarrett Stidham at quarterback, but just like the team did with new members of its offensive line, it will move forward with a new player under center.

“I’m excited for the future, excited for this team and to be a part of this team," he said.

The Patriots are scheduled to return to Gillette Stadium for training camp in late July.

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