Posts Tagged ‘Patriots Practice Squad’

Examining Patriots’ Reserve/Future Contract Signings

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

New England signed former Notre Dame, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens halfback Jonas Gray on Jan. 6. Others have joined him under the reserve/futures category since. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

With a dozen players set to hit unrestricted free agency March 11, the New England Patriots personnel department has its share of influential decisions to make this offseason. But with nine others signing reserve/future deals this January, the to-do list has gotten a little lighter for head coach Bill Belichick and Co.

Reserve/future signings occur before the start of the League Year. Any player not on an NFL team’s active roster at the end of the previous season is eligible. And in New England’s recent memory, it’s been a worthwhile course of action.

New England’s notable reserve/futures from the past include fullback James Develin, defensive tackle Armond Armstead, as well as current Arizona Cardinals pass-rusher Marcus Benard, Oakland Raiders wideout Andre Holmes, Houston Texans linebacker Jeff Tarpinian and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ross Ventrone.

Some have gone on to have success in Foxborough; some have gone on to have success elsewhere. So while it remains to be seen where this year’s group will end up, all of whom have a locker and an opportunity. (more…)

Last Eight In: Examining the Patriots Practice Squad

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Offensive lineman Josh Kline caught the eye of Bill Belichick this summer. And he wasn’t the only bubble player to do so. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The “Turk” was busy between the Aug. 28 and Aug. 31 roster cutdown deadlines, as dozens of then-New England Patriots were asked to bring their playbooks to head coach Bill Belichick.

Yet while many of whom cleaned out their lockers and saw their nameplates removed, not every Patriots cut packed up and departed from Foxborough, Mass.

Six of whom stayed around, and another two joined them on Patriots practice squad – an eight-man roster filled with non-vested players practicing for an opportunity to play.

Here’s how they earned their spots.


Revisiting the New England Patriots’ Practice Squad Candidates

Monday, August 5th, 2013

No. 84 Quentin Sims isn’t the only under-the-radar Patriot seeking an extended stay in Foxborough. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

With the calendar flipped to August, the New England Patriots are now encompassed in the rhythm of training camp. Before long, there will be joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before long, there will be four preseason exhibition games to play.

And before long, the 90-man roster will be cut to 75 men, then 53.

The stakes are high and the room for error is thin. Because ultimately, 37 current Patriots will find themselves either on the physically unable to perform list, injured reserve or out of a job.

There is one more possible destination, however: the practice squad. (more…)

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