While reporters and cameramen wait for big names like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty and Danny Amendola to appear in the Patriots locker room, an undersized offensive lineman sits about 40 feet away and goes quietly about his business.
It’s practice player James Ferentz. And by way of introduction, he says, “I’ve been kicking around, trying to hang on, and chasing the dream.”
That dream is a spot on the active roster of an NFL team, a chance to play in packed stadiums on Sunday afternoons.
But the Patriots practice squad comes pretty close.