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Malcolm Mitchell opens up on time with Patriots, what he's up to now

Ryan Hannable
October 25, 2018 - 10:40 am

Roughly three months after being released by the Patriots, wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell still has not found a team, but there's a reason for that.

The wide receiver had another surgery after his release, and his No. 1 goal is now when he does return to the field, he wants to stay on the field.

Mitchell spoke to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald to give an update on his progress, what's next for him and his thoughts on his time in New England.

“My No. 1 priority in terms of football is to make sure that the next time I step on the field it’ll be for a substantial amount of time, not to go through the same cycle of injuries again,” he said.

Back in his home state of Georgia, the 25-year-old spends his mornings rehabbing and working on football stuff, but then in the afternoon his mind shifts to writing, photography and working with his foundation. Mitchell has started working on his second book.

“First I start off with a very raw idea, right?” Mitchell said. “It has no boundaries. It doesn’t have parameters. It’s just like pulling back the curtains of your brain and just letting whatever comes out come out, which often is quite scary what I put down. And as time goes on it morphs into more presentable ideas."

Mitchell will be back in the Boston area after the season to do more work with his Read With Malcolm foundation.

“I love the community, and just because I’m not playing there doesn’t mean I’m going to stop the foundation stuff that we were doing,” he said.

As for his feelings towards the Patriots organization, there's no hard feelings. In fact, he's still a huge fan of the team and watches their games almost every Sunday.

“I love Boston, I love the Patriots,” Mitchell said. “I love Mr. [Robert] Kraft, I love Bill [Belichick], I love my teammates. I loved everything about being there, to be completely honest. It’s unfortunate that a situation arose to where I’m no longer there performing with the team, but I will always consider Boston, Foxboro, the New England area a place where I can visit. If I’m ever in a situation where I have the opportunity to live there, I’ll do that.”

Added Mitchell: “Football is one of those uncontrollable things, right? You have injuries, you have situations. But the love I have for New England, that’s not going to change.”

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