Brian Tyms was originally signed by the 49ers in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M. He made stops in Miami and Cleveland before the Patriots signed him this summer. On Sunday against the Bills, he caught his first NFL touchdown -- a 43-yard pass from Tom Brady -- and is now looking for more.
“You can just go down that whole locker room over there, there’s playmakers all the way down there, including down here,” Tyms said, via ESPN.com. “It’s like when you get the ball, you have to make a play because you never know. Tom gives it to everybody. Everybody is needed on this offense.
“I’m still waiting my turn. I’m behind a lot of really, really, really, really good wide receivers. It’s all part of patience, all part of development. I’m not the best. I've got a long way to go to get there. I’ll take whatever steps I need to take or whatever steps Josh or Bill feel I need to take. I’ll take those steps, I couldn't care less. As long as we’re winning, as long as I can contribute in any way, whether it’s practice squad or roster.”
Tyms has received positive reviews from both coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, which can only help his chances on a team where reliable pass-catchers have been in short supply. Still, Tyms isn't so much focused on that touchdown catch, but his other target from Sunday -- an incomplete pass on the Pats' first series.
“I kind of was over the touchdown once we got on the plane,” he said. “I missed the first one in the first series. Even though I may have caught a touchdown, I’m still thinking about the other one I left out there. With this league, you can’t stay too much on what you just did. It’s what you’re going to do next. ...
“I’m happy you guys (the media) noticed the one I caught, but the one that I missed. That’s the one in the back of my mind,” Tyms said.