Who is Brian Tyms?

Brian Tyms, the Patriots new wide receiver, is making plays and making a name for himself this pre-season. More importantly for Tyms, Bill Belichick has taken notice.



Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms continues to make plays this preseason.

The 6-foot-3, 204 pound receiver had three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's preseason win against the Eagles. He has eight catches total for 148 yards and two touchdowns in three games.

After testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year, Tyms will be suspended for the first four games. The benefit for the Patriots is Tyms does not count as a roster spot until after the suspension. This will allow the Patriots more time to evaluate their receiving corps. Tyms could find a place on the field in October for the Patriots if he continues to make plays the rest of training camp.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tyms has done a good job in camp of taking advantage of his opportunities.

“He’s been durable,” said Belichick. “He’s been a pretty consistent player for us, as far as being out on the field and working hard every day, showing some ability to make some big plays downfield both in practice and it in the games, as well as on some of his short and intermediate routes, showing some ability to run with the ball after he catches it.”

Tyms was signed as an undrafted free agent by San Francisco in 2012 and placed on the 49ers’ practice squad. In September of 2012, Tyms was signed by the Dolphins off the 49ers’ practice squad. In October of 2013, Tyms was signed by the Browns to their practice squad. He was placed on the active roster on December 4, 2013.

On July 27, 2014, the Patriots signed Tyms as an unrestricted free agent. Belichick said Tyms has worked hard to learn the offense.

"He was a guy that was a little bit behind in terms of the overall installation of our offense from the spring," said Belichick. "But he’s worked hard and done a good job of catching on. There are still a lot of things he can improve on. We’ll just have to see how it all turns out, but Brian has been a great guy to have on the team – his work ethic, his toughness, his competitiveness has been really good to have and to work with. He’s worked hard to improve every day, so you can’t really ask any more than that."

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