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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Patriots star Matthew Judon provides health update

By Vaseline May26,2024

TYNGSBORO — As he headed to the athletic field behind Tyngsboro High School, Matthew Judon made a promise to everyone within earshot.

“I’m about to throw some darts and talk some trash,” Judon said as he led the groups at his FlexWork youth soccer camp.

He wasn’t kidding.

The Patriots star edge rusher, who played just four games last season thanks to a torn right biceps, spent the next three hours throwing “darts” at 350 children between the ages of 6 and 16.

One by one, the different groups took turns, with Judon as quarterback making all the throws.

“My arm is good,” Judon told MassLive after throwing hundreds of passes and completing the mission, but no worse for wear. “I haven’t trained, I haven’t prepared for this. It’s just a shame what happened last year.”

Judon suffered the injury in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys and missed the rest of the season. After surgery and rehabilitation, he thinks he is ready to start the new year. The Patriots are currently in the final stages of organized team activities, with on-field workouts. Mandatory mini camp set for June 11-12-13.

Judon was not at the voluntary OTA session on Monday, but plans to attend mini-camp.

And the veteran linebacker joked about pushing for another job.

Cracked Judon: “As far as the team’s quarterbacks go, I might be in the top two. And I’m not (No.) two.”

While Judon’s arm looked good, as much as he bragged about his throwing ability, he still ranks a distant fifth on the quarterback depth chart behind Jacoby Brissett, Bailey Zappe and rookies Drake Maye and Joe Milton III.

This was the first of three camps Judon planned to hold over Memorial Day weekend. Along with the Tyngsboro camp, Judon will be in Walpole (Sunday) and Westfield (Monday). So that right arm will be used a lot.

Between short passes, Judon let him fly every now and then. He also lifted some younger kids high above his heads to celebrate their touchdown catches. That was another good sign that his repaired biceps was in good condition.

Dressed in a gray No. 9 camp T-shirt, with matching sweatshirt, Judon also showed off his dance moves, grooving to the music playing in the background.

He looked like he loved it. And so were the children.

“Things like this are so innocent. The kids are here for the fun and enjoyment of the game,” he said. “There is no money involved. It’s not a matter of win, lose or draw. It’s just pure football and love for the game.”

Judon said he went to football camps as a kid. They were important to him on his journey. So he’s just giving back.

Before the campers dispersed, Judon spoke to them and sent them off with a message about football and sports.

“It’s a challenge, it’s going to be hard, you don’t always win, it’s not always pretty… but as far as the game is concerned, don’t give up,” he said.

Judon also talked about what it meant to him when kids came up to him during photo breaks and talked to him about the impact he has had on them.

“For me to come here and hear you guys say, ‘You’re my favorite player’ or, ‘I remember you from here, or I remember you from there’, it means so much to me,” Judon told the club. campers. “It made my heart happy.”

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