Zach Sudfeld can’t wait to learn from and play alongside Rob Gronkowski
|09.02.13 at 11:59 am ET|
FOXBORO — Now the fun really begins for Zach Sudfeld.
The man with the continuous smile during OTAs, mini-camp, training camp and preseason is ready to prove he has earned his spot as the top receiving tight end target behind Rob Gronkowski.
As a matter of fact, Sudfeld got the chance on Sunday to work with Gronk for the first time on the practice field as Gronkowski returned. That experience continued Monday as the team worked out in shorts and shells.
The rookie from Nevada was beaming about what he’s learned so far from the New England icon.
“It was great, it was great,” Sudfeld said. “It was very cool to see him out there. This is the first time I’ve been able to practice and have him out there. It was a great experience.
“He’s been very good to me. We get along very well. He’s a great guy. He’s a great guy. He’s been teaching me a lot and I’m excited to have him out there.”
Sudfeld had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in four preseason games – and those numbers were without Gronk playing alongside him.
“It was one of those thing and go out there and practice every day and you don’t really know what’s going on [with his status] but to see him out there, it was great,” Sudfeld said. “It’s one of those things where you try to take to take it one-day-at-a-time throughout the entire preseason and training camp and you really had no control over their final decisions but I’m just so excited to be a part of this team.
“It’s great to have him just in the stuff he is able to teach me and help me with because he’s been very successful in this league. For him to be able to show me the ropes a little bit is really good. Really everything. All the intricacies of being a tight end. He’s very talented and one of the best out there so I’m just trying to learn as much as I can.”
Sudfeld insists he never took for granted his roster spot despite showing right away that he belongs.
“I was very excited obviously,” Sudfeld said of earning his spot on the 53-man roster. “It’s just kind of a childhood dream to make a team in the NFL. At this point, I’m just trying to look forward because there’s a lot of work that has to be done starting here this week with practice, with Buffalo coming up. It was great to make the team but now the real work begins.”