Posts Tagged ‘Zach Sudfeld’

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…)


The Three Dimensions of Patriots Rookie Tight End Zach Sudfeld

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Zach Sudfeld is a three-dimensional chess piece for the New England Patriots offense. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

His University of Nevada Wolf Pack teammates called him “Flint,” because all it took was one catch for him to fire up the offense. Now, his New England Patriots teammates call him “Sunshine,” because his long locks draw resemblance to Ronnie Bass from Remember the Titans.

But regardless of the nicknames he has been given, tight end Zach Sudfeld is trying to make his own name in the NFL. And that begins with him making New England’s 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie. (more…)


Rookies Looking Ready to Step Up in New England Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Second-round pick Jamie Collins is among the Patriots rookies standing out in training camp. (Photo: Stew Milne — USA Today Sports)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Every rookie goes into their first NFL training camp with an opportunity to prove himself, and a necessity to prove himself should he want to earn immediate playing time with his team. Many rookies are already taking advantage of that opportunity for New England Patriots, and look ready to take on immediate on-field roles for one of the NFL’s premier teams.

The rookie acclimation process is an important one for the Patriots this season, as they are relying at least somewhat on rookies to step up in a number of areas where their veteran presence is thin. While it may be too early yet to draw conclusions on the Patriots rookie class after just eight training camp practices, numerous Patriots rookies are already turning heads and outshining veteran counterparts.

In the three training camp practices I have attended thus far, the rookie standouts have ranged from second-round picks Jamie Collins and Aaron Dobson to undrafted free-agent signings Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, all of whom who are expected to make an impact for the Patriots this season.

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