NFL News of April 4, 2004

The pedaling begins today for quarterback Rohan Davey.

For the last two seasons, the potential-filled Patriots backup has been like that old Huffy dirt bike stored away for winter—out of sight, out of mind, in need of a tune-up. Now it’s time for the first ride and Davey’s curious if the it’s-like-riding-a-bike adage applies to his football career.

“I don’t know if you just hop back on and expect to be in the same rhythm when you left the game,” he said. “I think it takes something like what I’m going through to hone those skills and get back to where I was when I first got out of college.”

What the likable LSU product is going through is a long-distance odyssey to play for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. The development league for the NFL opens play this weekend and Davey’s debut as the Thunder’s starting signal-caller is today against the Scottish Claymores.

In many ways, this is the most significant step for Davey since joining the Patriots as a 2002 fourth-round draft choice. The primary No. 2 quarterback behind Tom Brady for the last three seasons, Damon Huard, is an unrestricted free agent. His representatives have been told by the Patriots that the club won’t make any decisions at QB until after evaluating the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Davey in NFL Europe.

—Mike Reiss, The Metrowest Daily “Patriots QB Davey plays ball”

Davey was named Player of the Year of NFL Europe for the 2004 season and won the World Bowl with the Berlin Thunder. He played sparingly for the Patriots in 2004 and was released before the 2005 season. After a few seasons in the arena football league, he was out of football for five years before resurfacing in 2013 with AFL’s San Antonio Talons.

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