First step for Patriots TE Greg Scruggs: A keycard to get into the building

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When recently signed tight end Greg Scruggs arrived at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, he had a big issue. He couldn’t get in the door.

Luckily for him, injured offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer was arriving around the same time.

“I walk here every day, so I'm usually here a lot earlier than people, so I just have to sit at the front and wait for somebody to let me in," he joked.

Scruggs smiled while saying that he just received his keycard later Wednesday, which came four days after signing a one-year deal with New England. The last week has been a whirlwind for him, getting released by the Bears and then planning to return to his home in Denver when the Patriots called.

He knows there’s a possibility that it might not be a long stay, which is why he’s currently living in a hotel close to Gillette Stadium.

“I learned early on in the NFL that it’s a day-to-day contract, not a week-to-week, not a month-to-month, not a year-to-year,” he said. “So I try to do my best to make sure I can wake up with a job the next day.”

The 6-foot-3, 277-pound Scruggs fits a Michael Williams-type profile as he is considered a strong blocker. He arrived on Friday for a workout with the team, signed the next day, and truly got to work on Monday, saying he’s been “hammering it out since.” That means arriving shortly after 6 a.m. and leaving the stadium around 9 p.m., as he's worked closely with the team's other three tight ends -- Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett and A.J. Derby.

He already knew the way to the practice field after coming to Gillette Stadium in August as a member of the Bears for joint practices. During one of those sessions, Scruggs was the third man into a mini-scuffle between Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler and Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery, saying at the time that he was playing the role of peacemaker.

Scruggs smiled when that was brought up to him Wednesday, saying, “I’m all about my team. That’s one thing you can say about me -- there isn’t a bunch of glamor and glory in blocking, but I get a lot of pride and joy in laying it on the line for my teammates for everybody else to thrive and succeed.”