Gunner Olszewski 'pumped' to come off injured reserve, could carve out role in Patriots offense


Despite being in his second year, Patriots wide receiver Gunner Olszewski has only played in nine career games.

He only played half the season last year before being placed on injured reserve and then started this year on IR, but was activated prior to the Week 4 game against the Chiefs.

"I'm extremely pumped to be back," Olszewski said via video conference Thursday. "It was a tough go at it missing the first three weeks but the guys in the rehab and helped me out and got me back on the field but it's so fun to be out there. I've missed quite a few games in my time here but I'm good now and I'm just looking forward to staying good and keep doing my part."

Olszewski was one of the more impressive players this summer, as it was clear he really worked hard on his game as well as his body in the offseason to be a true NFL receiver following coming into the league as a D-II cornerback.

Against Kansas City he played just 13 offensive snaps, but did have a catch for 11 yards. Right now he seems to be playing behind Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd at the wide out position, which seems to be what he expected.

"You know, just whatever they need from me," he said when asked about his role. "I just want to be there for whatever happens, if someone goes down, I step up and whatever happens happens."

Given how impressive he was over the summer and now that he's had some time back, it's worth wondering if his role gets expanded at all.

Speaking earlier in the day, Bill Belichick indicated explosive plays could be in his future.

"He’s definitely a much better player and a much more experienced and aware player than he was last year, and I think that’s shown up in the course of camp and in the game that he played in last week," Belichick said. "So, it’s good to have him back and hopefully he’ll be able to make an explosive play for us along the way here."

For his career, Olszewski has three catches for 45 yards.