The New England Patriots have a few tight ends on their roster that show a lot of promise, but at the moment all eyes are on Ryan Izzo.
Over the past two games, Izzo has been on the field for all but three of New England’s 136 offensive snaps. He entered the league back in 2018 but spent the entire season on injured reserve, was exiled to the inactive list after six uninspiring appearances last season. Last year, he didn’t show that much talent as the Patriots had one of the worst tight end groups in the NFL. But, putting in the work has really paid off for him:
“It’s been awesome. I’m really happy about it. I think it’s attributed to all the hard work that I put in. Just moving forward, I’m just trying to keep being somebody the team can count on. Just being consistent and doing whatever I can to help them.”
He also said:
“I think overall physically, I made some leaps this past offseason. I really worked hard in the weight room and on the field. Playbook-wise, I definitely feel more comfortable. I think once you start getting those years under your belt, you get comfortable with the details and how coaches want things done. It just helps.”
Coach Bill Belichick has also seen the improvement in Izzo, which is why he told reporters:
“I think the big thing for Ryan is just he’s been out there. He’s been consistent on the field every day. He’s dealt with a couple of setbacks (in his career) where he’s missed some time or kind of fallen behind a little bit. That’s tough as a young player when you miss time and the other guys who have more experience already just move a little further ahead. But this year, it’s kind of been the opposite of that. … Fortunately, he’s been able to stay healthy this year, and by being on the field, he’s gotten better.”
We can’t wait to see what is next for this amazing tight end!