Where did Brian Tyms come from?
Florida A&M was home for Tyms for two seasons, 38 receptions for 538 yards and three touchdowns in his final year. Those stats caught the eye of the San Francisco 49ers, who brought in Tyms as a UDFA in 2012. Soaking it all in, getting an opportunity to work with his idol, Randy Moss, who was a member for the 49ers during that time.
“I’m trying to take advantage of the same stuff he did in his career. And hopefully, you know, I could possibly do that.” Tyms said, following Friday nights preseason game, via NESN.com “I’m not saying I’m nowhere near him, because he is the GOAT. I’m trying, I’m trying my best.”
Obviously his time spent with the future Hall-of-Fame player, rubbed off on Tyms: “My short time with him — I’m a student of the game. Everything he did, I try to do. Of course, he does that, he just taught me, like, just focus.”
Eventually getting cut by the 49ers, Tyms spent the whole 2012 season on the Miami Dolphins practice squad. In October of 2013 the Cleveland Browns claimed Tyms from the Dolphins. Tymes was cut loose after the Browns front office was gutted this offseason. Now former Browns general manager, Michael Lombardi, is with the Patriots in some type of capacity.
Spending the last two years, on four different teams, was not an ideal situation for now Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms. But on the bright side, it’s starting to look like he is catching on in New England.
It would appear that the Patriots will not be able to use Tyms until week five of the season, if he makes the final roster, being suspended for the use of Adderall. Tyms has been using the prescription drug since the age of nine, it was never cleared with the NFL. Since then he has been approved and is now the exception list.
Naturally, the Patriots will keep Tyms until his suspension has passed. He will not count towards the 53 man NFL limit during the duration of the suspension. But once Tyms returns, potentially, in week five there will be an interesting scenario.
If there is no injuries in the receiving corp, are the Patriots going to carry eight wide receivers? Not likely. Julien Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Brandon Lafell and Kenbrell Thompkins are locks for the final roster. Leaving Josh Boyce as target number one for Tyms to jump over. Not an easy task, given the fact that Boyce was drafted less than a year ago, and also shown improvement this offseason.
The practice squad is not an option at this point either, Tyms would have to pass through waivers without being claimed. Unlikely, given his highlights this preseason. He would be considered as good as gone, if the Patriots travel down that road.
Tyms, regardless of where he ends up, or how it plays out, has clearly work hard enough to play somewhere. Just is it going to be in New England? We will find out in a few weeks.
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