Bruschi predicts 'growing pains' on o-line

In his first appearance of the summer, ESPN football analyst (and former Patriots linebacker) Tedy Bruschi was on ESPN Radio with Colin Cowherd today (listen to the podcast HERE) and talked about the Patriots’ offensive line, which is thought by many to be the team’s weak link.

For starters, Bruschi said he thought the team giving Dont'a Hightower Brian Waters’ number (54, which coincidentally was also Bruschi’s number) is a sure sign that the offensive lineman Waters isn’t walking through that door.

He also predicted some growing pains this season along the offensive line in the wake of Matt Light’s retirement.

"When you lose Matt Light, who's been there so long, such a savvy player, there's going to be a season of adjusting, possibly just like when they lost (Richard) Seymour in the middle (of the defense),” Bruschi said. "The defense had to adjust to find that pass rusher that still hasn't really been the same since the interior presence of Richard Seymour at that tackle position. Maybe a little bit of growing pains along that offensive line this year.

Bruschi and ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss will be recording their first Patriots podcast of the season this afternoon.