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Thanks to an open roster spot created by the suspension to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Freeny returned the Patriots on Wednesday.
Freeny had been with the team for all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons and began the year in Patriots training camp. In talking to reporters, the player said he expects to be able to jump right back into the thick of things.
“It’s crazy, because I was talking to Duron (Harmon) earlier, and I came back today and it feels like I haven’t even been gone,” Freeny said, via Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com. “It’s crazy. It’s just like second nature. I love being here and I love being back.”
In three months away from the Patriots, Freeny has spent time with both the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars. For the last month, he hasn’t had a team. Still, the player felt that he wasn’t done quite yet.
“I just felt like I wasn’t done playing yet, and I know that’s how a lot of football players make it seem,” Freeny said. “But that’s the way this game goes. It might have been my last game, but I just knew I wasn’t going to give it up until I was ready to…I was really trying to put my all-in to football. I wasn’t trying to focus on anything else until I felt that I was really done with it. I was really just trying to focus on football — watching the games, staying in shape, all of those things.”
During 2015-2016, Freeny was mainly used on special teams, though did play linebacker as well. In 65 career games, Freeny has registered 68 tackles on defense and 29 on special teams. The majority of his tackles (53) have come in 18 games with the Patriots.