Leigh Bodden (AP)
Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden said on Thursday that his shoulder “feels good,” and his rehab — which he continues to go through every day — has been “great.” Speaking on Sirius NFL Radio, he told hosts Bob Papa and Ross Tucker that he’s “ready to play.”
“Oh, man — the rehab has been great. The arm feels good,” he said. “I was thinking to myself the other day, I was like, ‘Man, I’m ready for some action. I’m ready to play.’ I haven’t played in a year, so I’m eager to get out there and do some things. Put in work. Use this arm. Jam some people up. But soon enough. The longer I have to heal, the better it is. But it’s really feeling good. I still continue to rehab every day. But it’s feeling great.”
Bodden also touched on a number of other subjects, including what it was like to sit out all last season while the Patriots ran up a 14-2 record, as well as the chance to see rookie Devin McCourty blossom into a Pro Bowler.
“It was definitely difficult for me personally to sit out and not play football, the game that I love, the game that I’ve been playing forever. But to watch as a fan, to watch the season that [the Patriots] had, it was just amazing to watch guys like Devin McCourty grow up in a heartbeat.
“You can never say, ‘This guy is going to be great or this guy is going to be this good,’ but when he first came, he made a few plays where I was amazed and shocked and like, ‘Man, he’s going to be a player.’ Me, personally, I didn’t think he would be as good as he was during the season, but like I told a lot of those young guys, ‘When you get that playing experience on the field, you just learn on the go.’
“He’s a very smart player. He’s a smart player, and that’s the thing that some rookies don’t have, is the knowledge of the game. That’s the majority of football, especially as you get older, not going off your athletic ability any more. It’s knowing the game. And he knew that coming in. And, he had athletic talent. So that just propelled him to have the great season that he had.”
Here are some other highlights from the Q&A: