Found September 04, 2013 on
FOXBORO, Mass. — A.J. Francis doesn’t have an entire summer to learn the Patriots’ defensive playbook like his former Maryland teammate Joe Vellano did. So, it’s fortunate that Francis can lean on Vellano to answer any questions he may have as he’s trying to adapt in New England. Francis was waived by the Dolphins on Saturday as part of the team’s final cuts. Francis stuck around in Miami, thinking he was going to be signed to the practice squad. The defensive tackle was about to head over to a team meeting when he found out he had been claimed by the Patriots. “It happened at the drop of a hat,” Francis said. “I got told I was going to New England, had a flight four hours later, went home, went back to my hotel room, packed and flew up to Boston.” Francis made it in time to practice with the Patriots on Monday. He had less than a week to adapt to the Patriots and prepare for the Bills. Vellano is helping his transition, though. “The D-linemen always said Joe asked a lot of question...
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