Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Allen’

Beating the Odds: Seven Undrafted Rookies Make Patriots’ Initial 53-Man Roster

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Zach Sudfeld wasn’t the only undrafted rookie to catch on with the Patriots this summer. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Being one of the best 53 players on an NFL team is a baseline goal for both veterans and rookies, alike. It’s not about what a player accomplished elsewhere, or what round a player was drafted in; it’s about what a player can accomplish in the present and the future.

And whether you’re a prized acquisition or a long shot, that song remains the same.

Just ask New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick and the Patriots brass trimmed New England’s roster down to 51 players before the 6 p.m. deadline on Saturday, Aug. 31. Among the notable moves, five-time Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson was placed on injured reserve, 2011 second-round defensive end Jermaine Cunningham was waived/injured and 2010 fifth-round punter Zoltan Mesko was released.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, tight end Zach Sudfeld, offensive linemen Braxston Cave and Chris Barker, defensive tackles Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, as well as punter Ryan Allen.

All of whom made the tentative cut as undrafted rookies. (more…)


Patriots Cut Roster to 51 – Far From Finished

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Zoltan Mesko’s time as a Patriot ended on Saturday.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After all the projecting and prognosticating the Patriots cut their roster down to the league mandate of 53. Actually the Patriots took it a step further and cut the roster to 51. As is always the case there were a few surprises and this year an unprecedented number of rookies on the roster.

Here is how the Patriots roster breaks down and what could be in store over the weekend as the Patriots try to finalize their team.

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Open Thread: Patriots Cut-Down Day

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
Zoltan Mesko NFL Draft

Zoltan Mesko lost his job to an undrafted free agent, but he’ll be back in the NFL soon.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The “Turk” was in full effect on Saturday, asking for playbooks of countless Patriots players.

Which cut was the most surprising for you? Which player are you happy they kept?

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Ryan Allen Making a Case For An NFL Job

Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Zoltan Mesko NFL Draft

Zoltan Mesko has been a good investment for the Patriots, but he has some solid competition this year.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Rich Eisen might have popularized the phrase “Punters are People”, but it won’t be easy to the word “back-up” to that phrase. Backup specialists – kickers, punters and long snappers – don’t exist.

Often time, extra specialists are brought into camp for faux competition and to keep regulars and punters from being overworked. The case with undrafted free agent punter Ryan Allen is anything but that.

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