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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 03: Gunner Olszewski #80 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the third quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Gunner Olszewski was a man of few words during his first press availability of the 2021 offseason. It’s not that he was withdrawn in his answers, he just was able to get right to the point.

For instance, he was asked what his goals were this offseason, coming of earning an All-Pro nod. “Bigger, faster, stronger,” he replied. How has he worked to accomplish those goals? “Eating and running and lifting, that’s the hustle.”

“Earn everything that I get, whatever I end up doing or playing or whatever is going to be what I earn,” he continued. “If I can improve the team, that’s what I hope I can do.”

Olszewski had a similar answer when asked what he’ll remember most about his time working with Julian Edelman. “Two words – piss and vinegar. That’s what that dude was all about,” he recalled. “And I’ve got two more – competitive stamina. That was his other one.”

In the past, Olszewski has mentioned that he views Edelman as a sort of role model. He was finally at a loss for words when he tried to characterize that relationship ending with Edelman’s retirement.

“I don’t think I can it put into words,” he said. “He took me under his wing, me and Jakobi [Meyers] both – dind of being underdog receivers, you know, Kobs as a former quarterback, and me, I didn’t play receiver, so he kind of showed us the ropes.”

Entering the 2021 season, with Edelman no longer on the roster, Olszewski and Meyers will be two of the longest tenured receivers on the roster. It will be up to them to take some of the newer players on the roster and keep the tradition of ‘piss and vinegar’ going, as well as ‘eating and running and lifting.’

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