Gallery is just plowing ahead
FOXBOROUGH — Coming off a disappointing season in Seattle, where he had hoped to wash away the seven understated years he had spent with the Raiders, Robert Gallery is looking for another new beginning in New England.
The Patriots added Gallery in the offseason to provide depth to the offensive line, playing him at guard along with Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell.
Through the first three days of training camp, with Logan Mankins recovering from offseason knee surgery and Brian Waters on an excused absence, Gallery has taken the lion’s share of the snaps at right guard.
He was lined up at left guard for portions of Saturday’s practice, the team’s first session in full pads. The roles on the line are uncertain, and Gallery’s plan is to continue to work and see how it all shakes down once camp ends.
“I’m just here to work on my skill, get better every day, and do what I can do, and that will all be decided once camp’s over,” said Gallery.
When Gallery signed a three-year deal with the Seahawks last year, things seemed promising. But Gallery was never on solid footing, injuring his groin in the preseason and being sidelined for the first four weeks of the year. He started the last 12 games and was released at season’s end.
Drafted second overall in 2004 by the Raiders as a sure-thing left tackle in a class that included Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Larry Fitzgerald, and Ben Roethlisberger, Gallery is the only one of the top eight picks to not make the Pro Bowl.
He began to thrive, however, when the Raiders moved him from tackle to guard.
He’s worked with the Patriots’ notoriously demanding offensive line coach, Dante Scarnecchia.
“He’s a technician, he demands a lot like a good coach should,” Gallery said. “It’s been enjoyable working with him so far and he pushes us to be the best like he should do.”
Trying to make the rookie transition as seamless as possible and knowing that he may be asked to play multiple positions in the defensive backfield, Tavon Wilson has kept his head buried in the playbook.
“You’ve just got to attack the playbook just like you attack the field,” Wilson said. “You’ve got to be in your book as much as you can, like all the time, so you can be the best player you can be and be comfortable out there.”
Director of player personnel Nick Caserio had no updates on Waters, who missed minicamp in the spring. Waters, who signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract a year ago, is unlikely to be fined . . . Apparently Alex Silvestro as a tight end wasn’t just a spring thing. When he lined up at the position then, it was assumed that was because of low numbers at the position at the time, with Rob Gronkowski and Daniel Fells injured. Listed on the roster as a defensive end, he’s been in a white (offensive) jersey all three days of camp.
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