NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Spent some time with Patriots receiver Brandon Tate today at the Devin McCourty/Lawyer Milloy Sports International football camp at Merrimack College. Tate, who enters his third NFL season and is coming off a 24-catch campaign, has spent the majority of the offseason working out in Massachusetts with about 10-15 teammates.
Some soundbites and quick hits from Tate's speech and Q&A with campers:
Being part of the camp: "It feels good to come out here and interact with the kids. This is my first camp, so it's all going to be fun for me. It's good to see [everyone] out here, doing something positive."
Favorite career kickoff return: 103 yards for a touchdown vs. Miami on Oct. 4, 2010 (video here)
What he's learned in the NFL: "Just growing up and becoming a man, because you're really on your own. You have to mature. ... It's a dream come true. I'm still dreaming right now. There are still a lot of things I want to get done."
Favorite team growing up: Carolina Panthers
Thoughts on the lockout: "There isn't anything I can do about that. I can just control what I can do. Today, that's to be out here and have fun with you."
Most difficult catch: "Probably the Miami game at Gillette Stadium [Jan. 2, 2011]. The [42-yard] touchdown."
Favorite player growing up: Barry Sanders
Favorite current player: Tom Brady [laughing]