After spending the last three seasons in Baltimore, Lawrence Guy heard plenty about the Patriots. He also lost plenty to the Patriots. As the veteran defensive lineman entered free agency this offseason, he never envisioned himself joining the squad in New England.
That’s until the Patriots came calling.
After signing a four-year, $20 million deal, Guy is happy to join the team that dealt his Ravens multiple losses the last few seasons.
“I never thought it was possible for me to join the Patriots,” Guy said on Thursday. “When I heard about the opportunity I was blessed. I was like ‘I can’t believe I get to join this great organization.’ With the rivalry, when you play a team so much and it’s such a consistent battle, in reality when it’s a rivalry game you’re going to give it your all meaning blood, sweat and tears.
“You’re going to fight, you’re going to cuss, and you’re going to play your hardest and once you give it all out on those teams, you’re hoping they have a sign of respect for you like you have a sign of respect for the players on that team for how much you’re going to play and how much you’re going to give it your all in the game.”
In the end, this defensive lineman was happy to join the Patriots after all their battles – including an epic AFC championship game in 2015. Now, he’s excited to start a new chapter with his fifth team since entering the NFL in 2011.
Baltimore was the place where Guy turned his career around. He played all 16 games in 2015, finishing the season with a career-high 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Last year, he started 10 of 16 games and finished with 28 tackles and a sack. With the Patriots, Guy brings plenty of versatility. With the Ravens, he played all over the defensive line and said the Baltimore program turned him “into a well-rounded player.”
After multiple battles, Guy hopes to show the Patriots the same fight every day in Foxborough.
“I’m a hard worker,” Guy said. “That’s one thing I’ve prided myself on, is doing everything that I can for the team and for my fellow teammates. I’m accountable. I want the person playing next to me, behind me, to count on me if they know that I need to be there, I’m going to be there…
“It’s one of those things that I pride myself in, is I’m going to go out there and you’re going to know every single play I’m going to give it my best.”