Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jeremy Gallon takes ribbing in stride
By Lee Schechter Special to ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon finally had the chance to silence heckling from his teammates with his return to practice Monday for the first time at training camp.
“Hearing all the jokes they’ve been saying because you’ve been out for so long ... it was fun just getting back out there with your teammates,” Gallon said in the locker room before heading out to Tuesday’s practice.
For the seventh-round draft choice (244th overall) out of the University of Michigan, it’s all about getting back to football again after being sidelined with an undisclosed ailment. Gallon knows he faces an uphill climb.
“Just trying to learn as much as I can learn and make the team,” he said. “And to do everything I can do for my teammates.”
At 5-foot-8, Gallon's physical profile is closer to the likes of Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, two players he feels he can learn a lot from.
“They are one of the best in the game at doing what they do,” Gallon said. “Just learning what they know and feeding off of them. Getting everything I can get from them and applying that to myself. I think it could do great things for me just following great leaders like that. Who wouldn’t want to?”
While at the University of Michigan, Gallon set a school record for receiving yards during his senior season (1,373) and also set the Big Ten conference record for receiving yards in a single game (369). Gallon lit up defenses with sharp routes, speed over the top and impressive vertical jumps for a player of his stature.
He also heavily contributed to Michigan’s special teams as a punt and kick returner, especially early on in his collegiate career.
“I’m working for it,” Gallon said about being a contributor in the return game for the Patriots. “I have to come in and make the team first and show the coaches I can do it and have everybody put their trust in me.”
As for adjusting to the big scene of the NFL, Gallon is used to the large crowds that gathered on Saturday’s at Michigan Stadium, also known as “The Big House.”
“I mean, the crowd doesn’t matter to me," he said, laughing. "It’s all about the team.”