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The Value of a Special Teamer: Matthew Slater’s Unsung Impact on Patriots

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Matthew Slater’s impact on the Patriots is not measured in statistics. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The 2008 NFL draft saw New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli invest in seven college prospects. The list included Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo, Colorado cornerback Terrence Wheatley, Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable, San Diego State quarterback Kevin O’Connell, Auburn cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and Nebraska linebacker Bo Ruud.

Lost in the shuffle was UCLA wide receiver/defensive back Matthew Slater, whom the team traded up to select in Round 5, pick 153 overall.

At the time, the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater was referred to as just that. The 6’0”, 210-pounder’s collegiate resume consisted of zero receptions, two rushes for minus-six yards, 26 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, one punt return for minus-seven yards and 34 kick returns for 986 yards and three touchdowns.

He was considered versatile. He was considered a man of high character. He was considered many things, but the Bruin was not considered one of the two best players from New England’s 2008 draft class.

In hindsight, he was. (more…)

2011 Patriots Roster Prediction 4.0

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Stevan Ridley Patriots

Stevan Ridley made it easy to find an additional roster spot with his performance Thursday night.

After completing another exhaustive exercise of coming up with what I think would be the most productive final roster for the New England Patriots, I’m pretty sure that Nick Caserio and company are going to have more than their fair sure of sleepless nights in the next few weeks.

Let us know how you would change things if you were GM.


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