Patrick Queen participated in media availability following a day of OTAs in Owings Mills, Maryland, and gave an honest assessment of his level of play and performance during his rookie season. Most striking among the comments was his frustration with his playing shape entering the 2020 season.
“Coming out of college you have Spring, so you always get to practice and stuff but coming into last year I didn’t get any Spring time,” Queen said. “Couldn’t train really, anywhere. Came into the season out of shape, really. This year is a whole lot better.”
Quite surprising for a player to be so forthright about themselves and admit to the media and fans. It’s rather noble to be honest about ones’ flaws and I commend Queen for not only being honest, but doing so without dancing around the truth. In fact, when asked to expand on those comments, he did so without restraint.
“Last year, I didn’t go into the season in shape at all,” Queen said. “I came in [weighing] around 240 [lbs. or] something. Couldn’t catch my breath when we were running. It’s just so hard when you’re not doing any football activity outside of working out. Last offseason was terrible, when it came to the season I was like, ‘This is going to be a long season for me to get in shape.’ It took me like five games to get in shape.”
If last season was Queen performing when out of shape and struggling, it’s hard to not be confident in his second year being greatly improved. A linebacker like Queen, with a full offseason of rest—as well as time to prepare and get into football shape—could be a menace on the field, especially with the blue-chip players surrounding him.