Posts Tagged ‘Nate Ebner’

Nate Ebner Stepping into Hybrid Linebacker Role for Patriots

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Nate Ebner worked next to linebackers Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower on Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

A core special-teamer, Nate Ebner got to work next to linebackers Jerod Mayo and Dont’a Hightower on Sunday against the Vikings. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There were no expectations for Nate Ebner when the New England Patriots selected him at pick No. 197 overall in the 2012 NFL draft.

The youngest ever national sevens rugby player turned Ohio State football walk-on was still learning the game, having never played a down at Hilliard Davidson High School just 20 minutes away. But it didn’t take long for the 6’0”, 210-pound Ebner to find his purpose in Foxborough, the same way he did on his way to becoming a team captain and Bo-Rein Award recipient in Columbus.

By being a core special-teamer.

Ebner went on to play 15 games as a Patriots rookie in 2012, registering 12 tackles as a big-four player. And in 2013, he registered another nine tackles to go with two fumble recoveries. Yet, heading into his third season in New England, the 25-year-old had played a total of 41 snaps on the defensive side of the ball, according to Pro Football Focus. Just five transpired over the season prior.

It remained to be seen how, or where, he would play another. With former Patriots draft choices Patrick Chung, Tavon Wilson and Duron Harmon all filtering in next to free safety Devin McCourty, options abound. But, even as cornerbacks Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan spelled on the back end of the secondary, Ebner ultimately remained in the fold to do the same.

That was evidenced last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Ebner played 14 snaps on defense over the course of New England’s 30-7 win. Yet on 11 of those snaps, he was the third safety on the field. And he was, in a sense, not a safety at all.

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Patriots Draft Pick Review: Nate Ebner

Friday, February 1st, 2013
Nate Ebner Patriots Safety

Nate Ebner made some plays on special teams this year for New England. (Patriots.com)

NEPD Editor: Tony Santorsa

With the 197th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft the New England Patriots selected defensive back Nate Ebner out of Ohio State.

The first thing that you probably heard about Ebner is that he’s a former rugby player in high school as well as at Ohio State—but he obviously still played football while at Ohio State.

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In the Film Room: Patriots vs. Eagles

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Jermaine Cunningham was one of the big winners last night.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

A depleted Patriots team took on the Philadelphia Eagles last night. With the team playing three preseason games in ten days, Coach Belichick decided it would be best to rest 20+ players who will be on the team Week 1. The Patriots played primarily their second and third teams the entirety of the game but, were still able to make it a competitive ball game. After re-watching the game this morning here’s what I learned.

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Will Nate Ebner Make the Patriots Roster?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Nate Ebner Patriots Safety

Nate Ebner has a chance to make a big impact as a rookie for the Patriots. (Photo: Patriots.com)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Nate Ebner has been a man of mystery since the moment he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Many fans and draft analysts alike were scrambling for information on the former Ohio State Buckeye, and with Ebner missing the first few days of training camp, not a lot of questions were answered.

With Ebner back on the field, is his play worthy of cracking the Patriots final roster?

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Patriots Practice Squad Possibilities for 2012

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Running Back Brandon Bolden

Undrafted Running Back Brandon Bolden is a prime candidate for the Patriots practice squad. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots enter the season well-stocked with talent; unfortunately, only 53 of their players are eligible to make the opening day roster. A number of the players on roster are eligible for the practice squad, however, in what is expected to be a cutthroat competition.

This article will examine the players most deserving of practice squad spots, along with other practice-squad eligible players who may be able to oust some of the competition for a space.

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Nate Ebner: Patriots Rookie Reset

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Nate Ebner Patriots Draft

What sort of impact could Nate Ebner have on the 2012 Patriots?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

After the New England Patriots drafted Tavon Wilson, most fans thought the “What!?!” pick had already been made by the Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, Bill Belichick had another surprise in store for the New England faithful with his sixth round selection of Ohio State DB and rugby player Nate Ebner.

Will Nate Ebner make the Patriots roster? If he does, what sort of impact can he make?

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2012 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Nate Ebner (DB, Ohio State)

Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Nate Ebner NFL Draft

Nate Ebner is the newest Patriots defensive back.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

With the 197th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Patriots have selected Nate Ebner (DB, Ohio State). Read on to read about Ebner’s incredible pro day performance.

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