AFC East: Ted Larsen

Highlighting Patriots-Bucs connections

September, 20, 2013
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Despite not playing each other in the regular season since 2009, the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very familiar foes. That’s due in part to the relationship between head coaches Bill Belichick and Greg Schiano, who have grown close since Belichick’s son Stephen, now a Patriots assistant coach, was at Rutgers, where Schiano previously served as the head coach.

Passing along some other connections between the two organizations, highlighted by former Patriots who are now members of the Bucs:

Players

Running back Jeff Demps. It was just this past offseason that the Patriots traded Demps to Tampa Bay in a draft-day exchange that also sent LeGarrette Blount to New England. Demps is not currently on the Bucs' active roster, as they have an exemption for his spot that expires Monday as he continues his track endeavors.

Defensive end Trevor Scott. A key reserve for the Patriots last season, Scott found work with Tampa Bay late in training camp and has stuck around. He has played 31 snaps in two games thus far, logging two tackles.

Center Ted Larsen. A 2010 sixth-round pick of the Patriots, Larsen has settled in with the Bucs after being claimed by them in September 2010. He has played in 46 career games with 27 starts.

Coaches

Pass-rush specialist Bryan Cox. The former Patriots linebacker has found a post-playing-career niche in coaching. He’s currently in his second season working with the Bucs' front seven.

Defensive-line coach Randy Melvin. Melvin was a member of the Patriots coaching staff in 2000-2001, serving as a defensive-line coach. He had two stints at Rutgers under Schiano and reunited with his former boss in Tampa Bay.

Offensive assistant Ben McDaniels. The younger brother of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Ben is in his first season with the Buccaneers and assisting on the offensive side of the ball. The elder McDaniels told reporters Tuesday that this is the first time the two have coached against each other in regular-season action.

Patriots take wire cutters to Shawn Springs

May, 18, 2010
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Shawn Springs was the New England Patriots' starting left cornerback for nine games last year, including the playoffs.
Springs

Springs

Now he's out of work.

The Patriots released Springs on Tuesday and signed sixth-round draft choice Ted Larsen, an offensive lineman from North Carolina State.

The Patriots previously re-signed last year's starter on the right side, Leigh Bodden. If Bill Belichick doesn't switch him over, then left cornerback becomes New England's biggest battle of the summer.

As ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss wrote Monday, the Patriots have a crowded depth chart at cornerback. Several are recent draft choices. In 2008, Terrence Wheatley was a second-round pick and Jonathan Wilhite was a fourth-rounder. Darius Butler was a 2009 second-round pick. Devin McCourty was selected 27th overall last month.

Wilhite and Butler both started games at left cornerback last year.

Springs, who signed a three-year contract a year ago, and joins a sizable list of failures from last offseason (receivers Greg Lewis and Joey Galloway, tight ends Chris Baker and Alex Smith).

ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested the Patriots might re-sign Springs, which would make sense. If Springs was good enough to start at left cornerback down the homestretch and into the postseason, then he should be good enough to remain on the roster for less money in 2010.

Springs missed four games but finished with 39 tackles, an interception and four passes defensed.

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