Patriots Depth Chart Reset: Bradley Fletcher Falls Down Cornerback Ranks

New England Patriots reserves will be kept on their toes for most of the season. The Patriots will be forced to make difficult decisions when players are eligible to return off the physically unable to perform and short-term injured reserve lists. They have wide receiver Brandon LaFell, linebacker Dane Fletcher and defensive tackle Chris Jones on PUP and center Bryan Stork on...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Practice Attendance: Eight Absentees Could Denote Roster Moves

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots must make five roster moves by Tuesday at 4 p.m., and eight players were absent from practice. Those absentees could denote who is being moved off the Patriots’ roster before the 75-man cut. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell, cornerback Darryl Roberts, fullback James Develin, linebacker Dane Fletcher, offensive linemen Marcus Cannon, Chris...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots preview (No. 2): With or without Brady, champs will compete

Our 2015 NFL preview series ranks every team, from worst to first. Today: the No. 2 Patriots. 2014 Record: 12-4 Head coach: Bill Belichick Key arrivals: Jabaal Sheard (linebacker), Matt Flynn (quarterback), *Malcom Brown (defensive line), Dane Fletcher (linebacker), Bradley Fletcher (cornerback), Brandon Gibson (wide receiver), Scott Chandler (tight end), Jonathan Freeny (linebacker...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Dominque Easley Among Eight Patriots Placed On PUP Before Training Camp

New England Patriots 2014 first-round draft pick Dominique Easley won’t be ready for the start of training camp Thursday. Easley was among eight Patriots players placed on the physically unable to perform list. Linebackers Dane Fletcher and Chris White, defensive linemen Chris Jones and Vince Taylor, wide receivers Brandon LaFell and Matthew Slater and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots 2015 offseason transactions

Free-agent signings and transactions during the 2015 offseason for the New England Patriots. Transactions list provided by NFL.com:   6/12       Matt Flynn Free Agent Signing (free agent signing). 6/8         Derek Cox Free Agent Signing (free agent signing). 5/26       Dane Fletcher Free Agent Signing (free agent signing). 5/12       Dekoda Watson...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Wednesday web roundup: New England Patriots

Patriots Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown and Depth Chart ... Breaking down and analyzing anything to do with the New England Patriots ... There's a fair amount of obscurity in terms of how the Patriots defense will line up, ... New England Patriots Kick-Off in 64 Days: Profiling No. 64 Chris Barker Because today marks 65 days until the New England Patriots open 2015...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

James Morris Seeing Increased Reps At Linebacker With Starters Out

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots made many sacrifices on their way to a Super Bowl XLIX title. That becomes more obvious now than ever as 14 Patriots, including eight projected starters, are sitting out of mandatory minicamp with injuries, most of which were suffered last season. The Patriots’ linebacker corps took the biggest hit with starters Dont’a Hightower, Jamie...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Jamie Collins, Dane Fletcher among those absent from OTAs Thursday

The Patriots continued their OTAs on Thursday and they had plenty of players among that did not participate in practice. The most noticeable position that was impacted by non-participants in practice was at linebacker where Jamie Collins and Dane Fletcher were absent. Collins and Fletcher joined Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo on the sideline as both of them recover from offseason...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots OTA Observations: New Linebacker, Kicker Spotted At Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots sported a couple new faces on the practice field Thursday. A new linebacker and kicker were spotted during organized team activities Thursday. The Patriots haven’t announced who was signed yet, but the team currently has two free spots on their roster after releasing cornerback Eric Patterson and reportedly cutting tight end Tim Wright...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots OTA Attendance: Jamie Collins, Dane Fletcher Among Absentees

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots were running low on linebackers in their final organized team activity open to the media. Starting linebackers Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower and Jerod Mayo all were absent for practice. Top reserve Dane Fletcher and special-teamer Chris White also weren’t spotted during the nearly two-hour session. Collins was absent for the first...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady declines to speak at Best Buddies Football Challenge

BOSTON — It was business as usual for Tom Brady on Friday, save for one usual task. The New England Patriots signal-caller participated in organized team activities during the afternoon then took a trip up to Harvard Stadium to quarterback for both teams in the Best Buddies Football Challenge. Brady typically speaks to the media at halftime of the charity event but declined to...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots sign veteran linebacker Dane Fletcher

After bringing back Brandon Spikes from the Buffalo Bills earlier this month to bolster the linebacker position, the Patriots brought in more depth at linebacker by signing another former Patriot on Tuesday.The Patriots announced the signing of Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal. Fletcher spent the 2014 season playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he started four of the 16 games...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dane Fletcher To Rejoin Patriots On One-Year Contract

The New England Patriots reportedly are adding another familiar face at linebacker. Dane Fletcher will sign a one-year contract to rejoin the Patriots, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Fletcher began his career with the Patriots, playing for New England from 2010 to 2013 before signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason. Fletcher will help boost...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Dane Fletcher's Return to Patriots Seems Likely

This past Wednesday the New England Patriots hosted free agent linebacker Dane Fletcher for a visit. Fletcher was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Montana State in 2010 by the Patriots.He played three seasons mainly as a reserve linebacker and also as a key special teams player. Fletcher's 2012 season ended in the first preseason game due to an ACL tear.In 2014, Fletcher...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Receive Third- And Seventh-Round Compensatory Draft Picks

The New England Patriots will have two bonus draft picks in the 2015 NFL draft. The Patriots received third- and seventh-round compensatory draft picks on Monday night at the NFL Annual Meeting, the league announced. The Patriots were given the third-round pick for losing cornerback Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos in last year’s free agency. The seventh-round pick came from...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower: Jonathan Casillas, Akeem Ayers Raise Patriots’ Football IQ

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots went from having the NFL’s best linebacker depth to desperation mode in just one year. The Patriots were downright loaded at the position in 2013, with Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower as starters and Jamie Collins and Dane Fletcher serving as valuable depth — especially after Mayo and Spikes went down with season...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs Defense is still finding it’s way.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers run multiple looks on defense like all teams in the NFL. The base of this defense is built around the “Tampa 2″ concept and in order to run the defense effectively, there are some key roles that each position must undertake. When we look at the team as it currently is constructed and look at the results through the first quarter of the season we see...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ LBs look to impress in 2014

With rookies already having reported to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp hope has already begun to permeate the deepest recessions of NFL fandom across Buc nation. Thursday the veterans make their way to One Buccaneer Place and then– well as they say– it’s on like Donkey Kong. A new coaching regime led by Lovie Smith will embark on figuring out just where all the pieces...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers free agency week one

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scored a high grade in my book for week one of free agency. A solid B+ after big pick ups to bolster their defense, including the front line with former Cincinnati Bengal Michael Johnson, beefy defensive tackle Clinton McDonald coming over from the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Linebackers got some help with the signing of former New England Patriot...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers add two new faces in Oniel Cousins, Dane Fletcher

Once again Lovie Smith has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sifting through free agency to help bolster his 2014 roster. Just yesterday the Bucs announced the signing of 20 year-old Oniel Cousins an offensive lineman most recently with the Cleveland Browns. Tampa also added former Patirots linebacker Dane Fletcher. Both players signed one year deals. Neither acquisition brings the same appeal...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs add to LB depth, sign former Patriot Dane Fletcher to 1-year deal

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added linebacker depth by agreeing to terms with Dane Fletcher on a one-year deal, the team announced. Fletcher, 27, has spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots, earning 81 tackles and four sacks with one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries since entering the league undrafted out of Montana State. He's expected to...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dane Fletcher Signs One-Year Deal With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New England Patriots will need to find some new depth at linebacker. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Patriots reserve linebacker Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal. Fletcher played in 15 games, starting one, for the Patriots in 2013. He recorded 26 tackles and one sack on the season. Fletcher was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Montana...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Sign LB Dane Fletcher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal. per “@ScottSBucs: Another new Buc! Welcome aboard former Patriots LB Dane Fletcher, who has agreed to a one-year deal.” — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 16, 2014 Mike Garafolo reports that Fletcher’s deal is worth a max value of over $2 million. Ian Rapoport reports...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Postion Analysis: Linebackers

If you listened to even five minutes of sports talk radio during the Pats season, you could not help but hear a constant refrain - Dont’a Hightower is not a good football player. Much of the criticism stemmed from the view that Hightower doesn’t jump off of the TV screen and make huge plays. The talking heads cited the fact that at points during the season, Hightower had the...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

South Dakota Linebacker Tyler Starr Seems Like Patriots’ Perfect Draft Prospect

The New England Patriots will certainly be watching South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr at the NFL scouting combine on Feb. 24. The long-haired small-school linebacker appears to be the perfect draft prospect for the Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots put a lot of value in the 3-cone drill, and Starr could break the combine record for the agility drill, according...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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