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David Andrews knows what advice to give Patriots rookies

David Andrews joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2015.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — David Andrews isn’t one to reflect on his accomplishments. At least not right now.

Despite four seasons, three Super Bowls, and two crowns under his belt, the Patriots center is singularly focused on the here and now.

And currently the here and now is Phase 2 of the team’s offseason program.

“I can do that, hopefully, one day sitting on my front porch drinking a cup of coffee a couple years from now,’’ Andrews said Tuesday afternoon.

Andrews, who normally looks like a burly lumberjack with long hair and a lengthy beard to match, literally cleaned up his act recently as he got ready to take center stage at last’s weekend’s NFL Draft in Nashville.


Andrews announced the Patriots’ first pick in the third round, defensive end Chase Winovich of Michigan.

“Luckily, I guess coach drafted a name that was pretty easy for me, because I was a little nervous about that — you don’t want to butcher someone’s name . . . it’s such a special moment for those guys,’’ said Andrews, who was relieved he didn’t have to announce fourth-round pick Hjalte Froholdt’s name because, “that would have been tougher for me.’’

It was a bit of an ironic twist for Andrews, who never got to hear his name called on draft weekend back in 2015.

Andrews may not have been on a lot of teams’ radars, but he was on Bill Belichick’s after he caught the coach’s eye during Georgia’s Pro Day.

“I didn’t even watch the draft until the last day, really. I knew it probably was going to be a long shot,’’ he said. “I was just fortunate Coach Belichick gave me a shot. When I had the opportunity to come to this organization, to me, that was an easy choice with what they’ve done. Just to get a chance to be a part of this organization has been pretty special.’’


Andrews never looked back after checking in at One Patriot Place.

He started 11 games at center as a rookie, won a camp battle with Bryan Stork in 2016, and has started every game at the position the last three seasons. He’s been a captain the last two seasons.

He remembers well coming into the Patriots’ locker room for the first time when the team was fresh off its 28-24 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. What struck Andrews first was that everybody had moved on.

“You would have thought they were coming off an 0-16 season,’’ he recalled.

Andrews also remembers the daunting feeling of stepping into a veteran room. It’s the same situation 19 rookies — including nine undraftees — are going through now. He knows what advice to give them.

“Everyone is going to get a fair shot [here],’’ Andrews said. “I think that’s the truth. It’s about who can perform and who can help the football team. That’s what Coach Belichick’s job is. It’s a tough place, and it’s a tough situation to be in — undrafted — but just come in, work, [and] take advantage of your opportunities.

“You’re not going to make a football team within a day, so just kind of put your head down, go to work, and take a deep breath when it’s all said and done.’’

Andrews said that doesn’t just go for rookies, it goes for everyone who walks in.


“As long as you get your foot in the door — whether you’re a free agent, undrafted guy, free agent coming from another team — you just get your foot in the door and earn your position, earn your role on this team,’’ he said. “That’s what it comes down to . . . Everyone’s starting from ground zero here, and that competition stays throughout the year and I think that helps you develop, helps you push yourself. Competition makes us all better.’’

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