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Can't catch 'em all, but Brian Tyms will try

10/15/2014

Targeted twice in his first game of the season against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms can’t get one of the throws out of his mind.

No, it isn’t the 43-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady that marked the first score of his career. Instead, it’s the incomplete pass from Brady on the team’s first series that Tyms just can’t seem to get over.

“I kind of was over the touchdown once we got on the plane,” Tyms said. “I missed the first one in the first series. Even though I may have caught a touchdown, I’m still thinking about the other one I left out there. With this league, you can’t stay too much on what you just did. It’s what you’re going to do next.”

Earning rave reviews from head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels earlier this week, it appears that Tyms will get his shot at an encore Thursday night against the New York Jets. After being suspended the first four games of the season for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug that he said was an uncleared prescription for Adderall, Tyms is hoping to carve a permanent role for himself on the team moving forward.

“You can just go down that whole locker room over there, there’s playmakers all the way down there, including down here,” Tyms said. “It’s like when you get the ball, you have to make a play because you never know. Tom gives it to everybody. Everybody is needed on this offense.

“I’m still waiting my turn. I’m behind a lot of really, really, really, really good wide receivers. It’s all part of patience, all part of development. I’m not the best. I've got a long way to go to get there. I’ll take whatever steps I need to take or whatever steps Josh or Bill feel I need to take. I’ll take those steps, I couldn't care less. As long as we’re winning, as long as I can contribute in any way, whether it’s practice squad or roster.”

A deep threat at any given time because of his speed, Tyms said it meant a lot that Brady showed enough trust in him to give him a second chance on Sunday. The fact that he took advantage of that chance could go a long way for the second-year receiver.

“It just showed me that he believed in me,” Tyms said. “That’s one of the points of emphasis I tried to work on coming here, to let the quarterback know that, 'Hey, if you want to throw it deep and I’m running, just throw it and I’ll try my best with everything I’ve got to go get it.'”

Of course, it’s the one he didn’t get that he’s going to dwell on.

“I’m happy you guys noticed the one I caught, but the one that I missed. That’s the one in the back of my mind,” Tyms said.