Source: Patriots Sign Defensive Tackle A.J. Francis to Practice Squad

FOXBORO, Mass. – A.J. Francis wasn’t gone for long. The former Maryland defensive tackle signed to the Patriots’ practice squad on Monday night, according to a source. Francis was on the active roster before being cut on Saturday. New England will have to cut a player from the practice squad to make room for Francis. That move has yet to be announced. Francis had four sacks...
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September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

A.J. Francis Has Former Maryland Teammate Joe Vellano to Lean on, Answer Questions in Transition to Patriots

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...
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September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Sign Braxston Cave, A.J. Francis to 53-Man Roster, As Confirmed by Players’ Twitter Accounts

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots have filled their 53-man roster — for now. The team signed defensive tackle A.J. Francis and center Braxston Cave, according to the players’ Twitter accounts. Francis spent the preseason with the Dolphins, while Cave was previously with the Browns. Francis, 6-foot-5, 309 pounds, recorded nine tackles for loss and four sacks with Maryland last season...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Ex-Terp A.J. Francis Has The Best Birthday Announcements To Make

I know A.J. Francis as the former Maryland defensive lineman who’s good at Twitter. But forever more I’ll remember him as the guy who blew out the candles on his birthday cake, announced that he just got picked up by the Miami Dolphins and got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend while his friends went nuts. (via Deadspin)
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

AJ Francis celebrates birthday with Dolphins contract, marriage proposal

After starting all four years on the defensive line for Maryland, AJ Francis had the best birthday party ever, announcing his deal with the Dolphins and proposing to his girlfriend.
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Maryland's Francis Has Big Dreams

A.J. Francis, the big defensive end from Maryland, hopes for a career in the NFL and then dreams of being governor.
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Zone Spotlight: Anthony “A.J.” Francis, DL, University of Maryland

Draft Zone Spotlight: Anthony Francis, DL, University of Maryland A.J. Francis is probably one of the most athletic big men in the 2013 NFL Draft. This 6’5, 305 interior defensive lineman is a force.  He gets a very good push every snap and has very good inside moves.  He is not just a powerhouse on the field, he is an All Academic award recipient as well.  He was the ACC Freshman...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Shrine Practice: Francis to outwork everyone

Many talented athletes are working hard on the practice field for the East-West Shrine Game in hopes to stand out and impress the scouts and coaches watching. Maryland defensive lineman A.J. Francis says he's been improving every day but it's his work ethic that makes him a valuable asset to any team.
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Georgia Tech 33, Maryland 13: by the numbers

Shocker — the Terps' offense, headed by a reserve linebacker, was not as effective against a Georgia Tech defense. Still, Shawn Petty showed some signs of life, as he connected with freshman standout Stefon Diggs twice, including as the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter. The loss dropped Maryland to 4-5 (3-3, ACC), but not yet out of contention for a bowl game berth...
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November 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Terps to use 4th QB of season with Caleb Rowe

Freshman Caleb Rowe played well on his only series as Maryland's fourth quarterback of the season. With the first three sidelined, he'll get a chance to play a whole game on Saturday against Boston College. Maryland defensive end A.J. Francis said the team has full confidence in Rowe. He moved his team 60 yards in five plays in the final minute last Saturday, but Brad Craddock...
Via AP on Fox
October 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Crossing the Atlantic: Maryland and Boston College news.

Maryland player profile of the day.  Pete Volk profiles Maryland defensive tackle A.J. Francis. (Testudo Times) Big and Rich.  Ohio high school rising senior defensive end Joel Rich commits to Boston College's 2013 recruiting class. (BC Interruption) Thank you, Sir. Can I have another?  Ohio HSRS wide receiver Dan Monteros commits to Boston College's 2013 recruiting...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

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