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Former Michigan State star Shilique Calhoun relishes new opportunity with Patriots

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Posted at 11:41 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 23:41:23-04

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) -- Shilique Calhoun is entering his first season with the New England Patriots, but he stopped short of calling it a fresh start.

"You can never have a fresh new start," Calhoun told reporters following Tuesday's joint practice with the Lions. "But it's nice to come somewhere new and have an opportunity."

Calhoun, the former Michigan State standout, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2016. He signed with the Patriots in May after ending the 2018 season on injured reserve.

Calhoun's injuries gave him a fresh perspective on the game as a whole.

"I look forward to games, I look forward to practice, I look forward to competing in general. So it'll be nice to go out there and lace it up one more time because each and every play is not guaranteed, so just the opportunity to be out there (in Thursday night's preseason opener) will be amazing."

SPARTAN SUPPORT

Calhoun smiled when asked how closely he still follows Michigan State.

"Oh man, MSU all the way," Calhoun told Brad Galli. "I'm watching each and every day. Me and Coach (Dantonio), that's my guy. It's always a primary focus to make sure I'm staying up on those guys and try to get back when I can, even when I'm away."

When asked for a prediction on the 2019 season, Calhoun simply said "take it all the way. No other prediction."