FOXBORO — Even with Tom Brady‘s suspension being eliminated by Judge Richard Berman earlier on Thursday, the focus with the Patriots remained on the final preseason game against the Giants.
Even after the game almost all the players who spoke didn’t address the matter and only wanted to talk about the players who played in the game — except for Reggie Wayne.
Wayne was asked if he was happy Brady will be available for Week 1 against the Steelers.
“Yeah. That’s my quarterback. So yeah, I am,” he said.
“All that I can say is that I’m happy that he’s available and I have to do my job of being available,” he added.
The 36-year-old said he hasn’t really been thinking much about Brady and his suspension since joining the team.
“I have enough on my plate. I’m excited he’s available, but Reggie has to take care of what Reggie has to take care of,” Wayne said. “That’s getting my playbook corrected on all the mistakes I had tonight and get better. I’ve only been here a week and a half or so, so like I said, I’m behind the eight-ball. I’m excited he’s available. I have to do my job though.”
The 15-year veteran was signed by the Patriots just over two weeks ago, so he knows he still has a lot of catching up to do.
“It’s starting to slow down a little bit,” Wayne said. “Still a lot to learn from. Still a lot I have to get accomplished. I’m still behind the eight-ball. I’m trying to find my swag. I’m going to slow down a little bit and I’m starting to catch on.”
Wayne unofficially played all 38 plays of the first half, but that was the end of his night. He finished with two catches for 25 yards on 10 targets. Even though he played just a half, he feels like he’s been around the league long enough to make sure he gets his body ready.
“It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve been down this road before,” he said. “I played in last week’s game, I played a half. ‘¦ I know what I have to do. I know I have to take care of my body. As far as out there it will take care of itself. Everything else is just mental and knowing what to do and when to do it.”
With the Patriots’ depth at the wide receiver position lacking, especially Brandon LaFell (PUP) likely unavailable against the Steelers, Wayne will be forced into a sizable role.
“I don’t have a choice,” he said. “It’s going to be here regardless if I’m ready or not. There’s a lot of stuff I can learn from tonight. Like I said, I can still continue to prepare and get ready.”
Kick off this football season with the biggest fantasy football contest ever on DraftKings! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 1 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.