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Guyton at Patriots training camp
Gary Guyton reports to Patriots camp. - photo by Photo Provided/Coastal Courier
Surviving the first series of cuts to date, former Bradwell Institute Tiger football player and Georgia Tech linebacker Gary Guyton headed north on July 15 as the New England Patriots prepare to launch a football training camp tomorrow.
Morning practice is scheduled to start at 8:45.
According to Guyton's brother Terrence, he is doing well and is focused on making the team.
"When I asked him what was the major differences between the college and the NFL he stated that the speed of the game is much faster," Terrence Guyton said. "But the complexity of the defensive schemes is like comparing a graduate level calculus course to high school algebra."
The Patriots signed Gary Guyton as an undrafted, free agent in April. Although not selected in the NFL draft, Guyton said he was happy as it allowed him to sign with a team he preferred. He was also being scouted by San Francisco 49ers and almost signed with them, before committing to the Patriots.
Guyton elevated his playing status after posting top numbers during the 2008 NFL Rookie Combine, where he came in first place among linebackers in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump and tied for first in the broad jump. His time for the 40-yard dash was 4.47 seconds.
According to Douglas Flynn, staff writer for the Metro West Daily News, the Patriots' first round draft choice, Jerod Mayo, possesses the physical tools and football savvy to step into the regular rotation at inside linebacker. But added Guyton and Vince Redd, as well as tight end Jonathan Stupar, are worth watching as they could unseat one of the picks or even a veteran for depth roles.
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