Nothing about the job Patriots offensive lineman Joe Thuney does on a weekly basis is easy.
Along with the routine work of using his 6-foot-5-inch, 308-pound frame to wall off defensive linemen, he’s always in the thick of the running game, using his athleticism to motor off the line, pull on screen plays, or make his way upfield to seek out a would-be tackler to flatten.
But Thuney doesn’t take a day off. In fact, he doesn’t take a snap off.
The third-year guard made an iron-man campaign look easy, taking 100 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps during the regular season.
The last time the Patriots had a player take every snap was 2013 (quarterback Tom Brady and center Ryan Wendell).
But in Thuney’s case, it’s been in the making since he came into the league as a third-round pick in 2016.