Devin McCourty made it safely through one of the most difficult days an NFL player can experience during the grind of a long season.
With final cutdown day now behind him, the New England Patriots cornerback is focused on one of the best days.
And he's not alone.
''Definitely anxious. I'm always excited to get the season started. Tennessee's a good opponent,'' Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Sunday of next week's opener against the Titans. ''First game of the season, always got the jitters, always ready to go and always excited for the game to come.
''As you can see, college football started this week and it was exciting watching all that. It's just getting you more excited to get going.''
That eager anticipation was more a feeling of anxiety for a handful of players just a few short days ago.
When the Patriots trimmed their roster from 75 to 53 on Friday, it was more emotional than usual, as current players sa...