Yet, with each snap, he never looked out of place among mostly bigger, faster, more experienced teammates. This kid is special.'". , Olszewski was not selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. That freed up a roster spot for Olszewski. I have a job. Olszewski, who actually measured in at 5-foot-10, 178 pounds at Minnesota’s pro day, fits in among the Patriots’ wideouts, however. ', "The media saw me as a tryout guy, 90th man on the roster, but the second I stepped on the field, I was just another player brought in to make this teamâ¦ a football player, just like the rest out there, trying to learn and do my part to prove I belong on this team and can help them win games.". Ryan's hometown later became Eric Wayne Olszewski's after his own minor league career ended in 2000. How the Pats could bring back Demaryius Thomas. If that meant learning to catch passes, rather than defend them, in order to give himself any chance as an undrafted rookie with the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots last season, so be it. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. Other schools wanted Gunner, but only for baseball, to which he'd say, "Okay, I guess we're done here." Then, about 15 minutes before the deadline for all NFL clubs to have their rosters at the 53-man limit, the Patriots informed corner Keion Crossen that he'd been traded to the Texans. I've been learning how to play receiver and getting stronger, more flexible. When Gunner called to tell him, "Man, he was on Cloud Nine... he might have started to tear up, so, he just hung up. Technically a city way up in northern Minnesota, it's equidistant from Winnipeg and Minneapolis â about a four-hour drive in either direction. "No one actively recruited me," he continues. That'd be asking a lot. Please visit our, In Business: Aldi in Bemidji Gives Residents New Grocery Option, Sanford Health Plans New Behavioral Health Center in Bemidji, Over 1,000 Families Given Food Boxes in Bemidji Distribution, In Focus: BSU Virtual Concert Series to Present Chinook Winds. Sunday, September 1, Gunner showed up at Gillette Stadium. He's making a big jump from where he played to where he's playing now, positionally and so forth. 27 2019. He remembers the five hours in between calls feeling more like 24, but also that he cared less about how he became a Patriot than the fact he'd become one at all. "My only goal," he maintains, "was to be a damn good football player and damn good baseball player. I wasn't ready to give up either one. Gunner delights Patriots teammates with his juggling skills during a Gillette Stadium event just before the start of the 2019 regular season. When they lament his rookie season ending on IR, Gunner seizes the chance to clarify that it ended January 4 in a playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans. Embracing Minnesota's differences, opportunities, and freedoms, the Yellowjacket became a Beaver, though not without a tincture of ambivalence. Or Jonathan Jones? Gunner Olszewski participated in the Minnesota pro day back in the spring and told a local television station that he'd play "for three hots and a cot." Desperate for receiver help, they had him make the switch from defense to offense. "'Shoot, I'll do it,'" he volunteered. Catcher Gunner Olszewski, a future Patriots wide receiver/return specialist, awaits a pitch during a baseball game for Alvin (Texas) High School last decade. After 45 minutes, you'll come upon Alvin, a community of barely 25,000, halfway between Houston and Galveston. As a sophomore in November 2016, Gunner earned NSIC's Special Teams Player of the Week honors after breaking his school's single-game records for punt returns (seven) and punt return yards (194). Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! ', "I knew he'd test well [in strength and agility drills]. Beaver Football Alumni Gunner Olszewski and John Vogeler Participate In Gopher Pro Day. For Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy, family is a relative term. , On August 31, the day that teams were required to trim their preseason 90-man rosters to 53-man rosters, the Patriots told Olszewski that morning that he would be waived; instead, the Patriots kept him after trading cornerback Keion Crossen less than an hour before the deadline. Houston, in Southeast Texas. Throughout the Bill Belichick era in New England, Olszewski had invested so emotionally in the Patriots that he wept joyfully when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX three years earlier and a decade since the Patriots' previous Super Bowl title.  He also returned punts and held for field goals and extra points. It took some time for him to flash in Patriots practices, but Olszewski was durable and as the injury bug bit others at his position, he saw his reps increase to the point where he was catching passes from Tom Brady during joint practices against the Titans.
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