New England Patriots: Brandon Deaderick

Catching up with former Patriots, Week 13

December, 4, 2013
Every Wednesday during the season, we'll lead off the day with a quick recap of notable former New England Patriots players and their standing with new teams.

Jake Ballard (Cardinals)
Tight end plays four offensive snaps and six on special teams in a 24-21 road loss to the Eagles. Doesn't register on the stat sheet.
Season snapshot: Has been with the Cardinals for four games since signing Nov. 4, playing 53 of 281 snaps and totaling two catches for 44 yards.

Patrick Chung (Eagles)
Safety starts and plays all 71 snaps in a 24-21 home win over the Cardinals. Has one pass defended.
Season snapshot: Has started six of 12 games and is credited with 36 tackles.

Jermaine Cunningham (Jets)
Outside linebacker plays six defensive snaps and 11 on special teams in a 23-3 home loss to the Dolphins. Doesn't register on the stat sheet.
Season snapshot: Spent the month of October with the 49ers but never appeared in a game. Signed with the Jets on Nov. 20. He dressed Nov. 24 but didn't play, so the Dolphins game was his debut.

Brandon Deaderick (Jaguars)
Defensive tackle plays 23 of 75 snaps in 32-28 road win over the Browns. Totals one tackle.
Season snapshot: Has played 288 total snaps, totaling eight tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and one pass defended.

A.J. Francis (Dolphins)
Defensive tackle is inactive in a 23-3 road win over the Jets.
Season snapshot: Signed off the Patriots' practice squad Nov. 26,

Kyle Love (Chiefs)
Defensive tackle is inactive in a 35-28 home loss to the Broncos.
Season snapshot: After spending training camp with the Jaguars and being released before the season opener, he signed with the Chiefs on Nov. 19. Appeared in one game, playing two snaps, before being waived Dec. 3.

Greg Salas (Jets)
Receiver is targeted four times and makes one catch in a 23-3 home loss to the Dolphins. Plays 30 of 55 snaps.
Season snapshot: In four games with the Jets since making his debut Nov. 3, he has seven catches for 137 yards. Has played 118 of 231 offensive snaps in those games.

Zach Sudfeld (Jets)
Plays seven snaps on offense and 15 on special teams but doesn't register on the stat sheet.
Season snapshot: Tight end has played 103 offensive snaps in seven games. Has four catches for 56 yards.

Jeff Tarpinian (Texans)
Linebacker plays in a reserve role in a 34-31 home loss to the Patriots, totaling two tackles and a half-sack. Plays 27 of 70 snaps.
Season snapshot: After signing with the Texans on Oct. 28, has played in four games, totaling 12 tackles on defense. Has played 92 of 271 defensive snaps.

Leon Washington (Titans)
Wearing No. 26, he is the primary kickoff returner and punt returner in a 22-14 road loss to the Colts, totaling three kickoff returns for 78 yards (26.0 avg.) and two punt returns for 43 yards (21.5 avg.), with two fair catches. Doesn't play on offense.
Season snapshot: Released by the Patriots on Nov. 23; signed with the Titans on Nov. 26.

Wes Welker (Broncos)
Receiver finishes with three catches for 38 yards as his presence draws attention and opens things up for fellow receiver Eric Decker to have a big day in a 35-28 road win over the Chiefs. Plays 63 of 70 snaps.
Season snapshot: Has played 722 of 906 offensive snaps (79.6 percent), and has 68 catches for 717 yards and nine touchdowns.

Danny Woodhead (Chargers)
Running back has seven carries for 22 yards and adds two catches for 13 yards in a 17-10 home loss to the Bengals. Plays 27 of 65 snaps.
Season snapshot: Has 61 receptions for 482 yards and five TDs, and has carried the ball 77 times for 288 yards and two TDs. Has played 384 offensive snaps.

Others: Colts starting guard Donald Thomas landed on season-ending injured reserve in Week 2. ... Defensive end Trevor Scott played four games (54 snaps) with the Buccaneers before he was released Oct. 24. ... Punter Zoltan Mesko was released by the Steelers on Oct. 29 after appearing in seven games and ranking 31st in punting average (42.5) and 29th in net punting average (36.7). ... Quarterback Brian Hoyer started two games for the Browns, leading them to two wins, before tearing his ACL in his third start and landing on season-ending injured reserve.

Catching up with former Patriots, Week 5

October, 9, 2013
Every Wednesday during the season, we'll lead off the day with a quick recap of some notable former New England Patriots players and their standing with new teams.

Patrick Chung (Eagles)
Misses his second straight game, a victory over the Giants, with a shoulder injury.
Season snapshot: Has started three of five games and is credited with 18 tackles.

Jermaine Cunningham (49ers)
After reaching an injury settlement with the Patriots at the end of the preseason, defensive end/outside linebacker signs with the 49ers on Oct. 1.
Season snapshot: Wearing jersey No. 50, he has yet to play in a game.

Brandon Deaderick (Jaguars)
Plays 33 snaps and totals three tackles in road loss to the Rams.
Season snapshot: Has played 122 total snaps; has totaled seven tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery.

Brian Hoyer (Browns)
Quarterback tears his ACL in his third start and is out for the season.
Season snapshot: Led the Browns to two wins in two starts before his injury; 57-of-96 for 615 yards with 5 TDs and 3 INTs.

Zoltan Mesko (Steelers)
Bye week after the Steelers had dropped to 0-4 in loss to Vikings in London.
Season snapshot: 20 punts for 41.9 average (31st in NFL) and 37.6 net (27th in NFL)

Trevor Scott (Buccaneers)
Bye week.
Season snapshot: 45 total snaps at defensive end.

Zach Sudfeld (Jets)
Claimed on waivers on Oct. 4
Season snapshot: Wearing jersey No. 44, tight end was inactive for Monday's win over the Falcons.

Donald Thomas (Colts)
Lands on season-ending injured reserve after injuring his quadriceps in Week 2 home loss to Dolphins.
Season snapshot: Was opening-day starter at left guard and now faces long rehab.

Wes Welker (Broncos)
Five catches for 49 yards and one touchdown in 51-48 win over Cowboys; plays 73 of 79 snaps.
Season snapshot: Receiver has played 275 of 373 offensive snaps (73.7 percent), and has 31 catches for 315 yards and seven touchdowns.

Danny Woodhead (Chargers)
Running back plays 45 of 72 snaps in road loss to Raiders and totals nine rushes for 13 yards, and adds nine receptions for 58 yards and TD. Also fumbles (returned for TD) and is stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Season snapshot: Is second on the team with 31 receptions (for 220 yards and 3 TDs), and has carried the ball 28 times for 103 yards. Has played 154 offensive snaps.

Quick-hit thoughts on Pats and NFL

September, 1, 2013
Quick-hit thoughts on the NFL and the New England Patriots:

1. The Patriots kept just two quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster, marking the fourth time in the past five years they have done so. How does that compare to the other teams in the NFL? By my count, here is the breakdown for 2013 after Saturday’s cut-downs:

Four quarterbacks: three teams
Three quarterbacks: 15 teams
Two quarterbacks: 14 teams

The next step that will be interesting to monitor is how many of the 14 teams with just two quarterbacks add a third to their practice squad.

2. With all seven draft choices making the Patriots’ initial roster, plus five undrafted players, that initially gives the club 12 of its 51 spots filled by rookies. Add in six draft picks from last year still on the roster, plus 2012 undrafted running back Brandon Bolden, and that’s 19 players within their first two years in the NFL (35 percent of a 53-man roster). The Patriots have a solid veteran core, and trend older at some positions (defensive tackle, for example), but all in all, this is a very young team.

3. Let’s play the armchair-general-manager game for the Patriots when it comes to their defensive tackle need and see if we can hit the bull's-eye. Here were a few players at the position we could envision being of interest to the Patriots on the waiver wire:

Marvin Austin (Giants): The second-round pick out of North Carolina in 2011 hasn’t panned out, as his rookie season was wiped out by a torn pectoral muscle and he didn't break through last year. He is 6-foot-2 and 312 pounds. As ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano noted, the Giants are pretty deep at defensive tackle, so part of Austin’s release was a numbers game.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesMarvin Austin, a second-round pick in 2011 who never found a groove with the Giants, could help New England at defensive tackle.
Kheeston Randall (Dolphins): The 6-foot-5, 309-pounder who played collegiately at Texas appeared in 12 games for Miami last season. He was a 2012 seventh-round pick and has some physical traits (e.g. long arms) that might have some appeal to New England.

Adam Replogle (Falcons): The undrafted rookie is 6-3 and 310 pounds, and started the final 47 games of his collegiate career at Indiana, where he was known for his work ethic and reliability. Patriots defensive line coach Patrick Graham had worked him out before the draft.

Torell Troup (Bills): He has battled injuries in the past but has some physical traits (6-3, 327) that could be appealing as a bigger-bodied backup to Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly. Bill Belichick got to know him well on his annual pre-draft scouting trip in 2010. Troup, who played at Central Florida, was picked by the Bills in the second round that year. He has some partially guaranteed money in his contract, so it might be smarter, if interested, for the Patriots to see if he clears waivers and then bring him in.

4. While the Patriots are extremely thin at defensive tackle, which they figure to address with one of their open roster spots, it led us to check in on former New England tackles Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick in Jacksonville. Both made the Jaguars’ initial 53-man roster and are backups to Sen'Derrick Marks and Roy Miller, who were signed as unrestricted free agents this offseason. Deaderick missed the first two games of the preseason with a groin injury, but is now healthy. Looking back, it’s only natural to wonder if the Patriots have any regret in parting ways with Love and Deaderick, as they created a void without having the reinforcements in place. In fairness, they were counting on Armond Armstead to play an integral role, but he later landed on the reserve/non-football illness list (he’s out at least the first six weeks of the season) after undergoing surgery for an infection.

4b. One more check-in: Patriots 2009 second-round draft choice Ron Brace didn’t make the initial 53-man roster with the Redskins. Given the depth questions at defensive tackle, would the Patriots consider bringing him back? Our guess: They probably look elsewhere.

5. Given the makeup of their initial roster -- with six receivers, five running backs, one fullback and three tight ends (one of whom, Rob Gronkowski, won’t be ready for the season opener) -- the Patriots figure to trend more toward three-receiver and two-back sets than multiple-tight-end packages early in the season. So while this is a team that has a reputation as a two-tight-end offense, which goes back to 2011 with the dynamic duo of Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, the early part of this season is likely to have a different look. For the Sept. 8 opener at Buffalo, the three-receiver grouping might turn out to be the best matchup anyway, as the Bills are hurting at cornerback and it could hit their stress points from a depth perspective.

6. With Elvis Dumervil now in Baltimore, and Von Miller facing a six-game suspension to open the year, what’s left for the Broncos at defensive end? The free-agent signing of veteran Shaun Phillips looks more significant now, as Denver will count on him to help fill the void along with Derek Wolfe (2012 second-round pick out of Cincinnati) and Malik Jackson (2012 fifth-round pick out of Tennessee). One lingering question is if the Broncos will be able to generate enough pass rush. As for Phillips, he jumped to the Broncos after spending the first nine years of his career with the Chargers, putting him in almost the same position as linebacker Daryl Smith, who signed with the Ravens after spending the first nine years of his career with the Jaguars. Both are stepping into important roles -- Phillips helping fill the Miller void and Smith part of the puzzle to account for Ray Lewis’ absence -- which is a neat storyline for the Denver/Baltimore NFL season opener.

7. When it comes to the Patriots’ rookie receivers, I think the pace of their progression goes in the reverse order of how they arrived: Undrafted Kenbrell Thompkins is furthest along, followed by speedy fourth-round pick Josh Boyce (Texas Christian) and then second-rounder Aaron Dobson (Marshall). The thought occurred to me as Thompkins was given the veteran treatment in the second half of Thursday's preseason finale, watching from the sideline as Boyce and Dobson were still on the field playing.

8. With news that the Bills signed center Eric Wood to a long-term contract extension, it served as a reminder that he was a player I believe the Patriots had targeted as one of their ideal choices in the 2009 draft. That was the year the team traded down twice -- from 23 (Michael Oher) to 26 (Clay Matthews) to 34, where they selected safety Patrick Chung. Had Wood been on the board at 34, I think he would have received strong consideration. Had they stuck at 26, maybe they would have taken him there. Not that the Patriots are currently hurting at center, as Ryan Wendell has developed into a solid starter, but there was a lot of smoke around the Patriots and Wood that year.

9. The Raiders did what I thought the Patriots might by keeping two punters on their initial 53-man roster, as they view both Chris Kluwe and Marquette King as assets. The thinking, it appears, is that maybe the Raiders could trade one of them for a draft pick, although it's hard to imagine that unfolding. As for New England, rookie Ryan Allen was so impressive that the Patriots didn’t think he would clear waivers so they could bring him back on the practice squad (I thought that maybe by waiting a week or two, it would have a better chance of happening). So instead of keeping two, they just kept Allen and said goodbye to Zoltan Mesko, who should be punting somewhere in the NFL this season. He didn’t lose the job as much as Allen won it.

10. Patriots players return to the practice field today and tomorrow. They were off Saturday, as owner Robert Kraft hosted his annual before-the-season party for players and their families on Cape Cod. The Patriots will also practice Monday, before a day off Tuesday.

Pats cut Deaderick, sign two O-linemen

May, 13, 2013
The Patriots have released defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, a 2010 seventh-round pick who started five games in 2012. In addition, the team officially signed offensive linemen Tyronne Green and R.J. Mattes, and announced that wide receiver Andre Holmes had been released, as colleague Mike Rodak previously reported.

Deaderick, who was used as a starter next to Vince Wilfork down the stretch of the 2012 regular season, finished with 18 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles in 14 games played. He was entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2013.

The signing of Green was reported earlier in the day after his agent announced via Twitter that he was joining the Patriots. He started 13 games at guard for the Chargers last season.

Mattes went undrafted after playing at North Carolina State as both a guard and tackle. He's listed on the school's official website at 6-foot-6 and 313 pounds. He was not invited to the 2013 NFL combine.

The Patriots' roster is now at 90 players, the maximum allowed.

Spears & interior D-line focus

March, 20, 2013
Free-agent defensive lineman Marcus Spears recently signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, but as it turns out, the Ravens weren't the only team interested in him.

Speaking on an introductory conference call with Baltimore media on Tuesday, Spears indicated that among the other teams interested in him before he signed his new deal was the Patriots.

At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, Spears has been most successful as a 3-4 defensive end throughout his career, a position he played last season with the Cowboys. From a Patriots' perspective, Spears projects as a 4-3 defensive tackle, and would have offered stout run defense to go along with good athleticism for the position.

The Patriots were also reportedly interested in new Browns defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, who landed a five-year deal to play as a 3-4 defensive end in Cleveland's new defensive scheme. In New England, Bryant too would have projected as a 4-3 defensive tackle who could have paired with Vince Wilfork on the interior of the line.

The interest in each of these players suggests that defensive tackle is a position to continue to monitor this offseason. The Patriots have already added former CFL standout Armond Armstead, but could be looking for more competition at the spot that was held by Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick last season. Love had a strong start followed by a late-season dip in performance, and both he and Deaderick enter the final year of their contracts in 2013.

The draft is also considered deep on defensive tackle talent, and could be an area that the Patriots address with one of their five selections.

Deaderick & Dennard downgraded

September, 22, 2012
BALTIMORE -- Reserve defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick and backup cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will not play in Sunday night's game against the Ravens, the Patriots announced on their injury report. Deaderick is sidelined with an ankle injury, while Dennard has a hamstring injury.

Deaderick, who played 29 of a possible 129 snaps through the first two games, has been utilized in the short-yardage package while sometimes giving starters Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love a breather in the base defense. He has played a few snaps at end as well.

In his absence, four-year veteran Ron Brace (19 of 129 snaps) is likely to be bumped up the depth chart, while rookie Marcus Forston, an undrafted free agent out of Miami who has been inactive for the first two games, could dress for the first time.

Dennard, a seventh-round draft choice out of Nebraska, has been slowed since appearing on the injury report in the days leading up to the season opener. He hasn't dressed for a game this regular season, and also missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury.

The Patriots previously announced that tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and defensive end Justin Francis (ankle) are out for the game.

The team must declare three more players inactive 90 minutes before Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, and there are several players with health questions who could be considerations based on their condition leading up to the game (Friday injury report here).

Deaderick not looking back

October, 25, 2011
Mike Rodak/ESPN BostonPatriots defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick talks to reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Stressing he's got a lot of ground to make up after starting the season on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list, Patriots second-year defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick said he's excited to be back on the field and is preparing like the next game could be his first of the year.

Deaderick said he's uncertain when he'll be activated, but suggested he's in full health and ready to prove he deserves a spot on the 53-man active roster.

"Basically, I gotta prepare each week like I’m going to play," said Deaderick. "That’s the plan... I'm just really focusing on getting better. I got a lot of ground to make up, so I'm just glad to be out there."

Deaderick, a seventh-round pick (247th overall) out of Alabama, appeared in 11 games as a rookie, making five starts, including one in the team's playoff loss to the New York Jets. He underwent offseason shoulder surgery and that may have contributed to him starting the season on the PUP list.

Deaderick sat out the first six weeks of the season, but returned to practice last week. The Patriots had three weeks from that moment to activate him (or move him to season-ending injured reserve). With the defensive line thinned by season-ending injuries to Myron Pryor (shoulder) and Mike Wright (concussion), there's an opportunity for Deaderick and fellow PUP-lister Ron Brace to shuffle into the rotation.

"They certainly can [help]," said Albert Haynesworth. "I watched some of the film from last year, they can really play. They're strong, powerful young guys that can really play the game."

Asked about the frustration about being on the PUP list, Deaderick wouldn't look in the rear-view mirror.

"I've pretty much put that in the past, I'm ready to go now," said Deaderick. "I'm preparing this week for Pittsburgh. The past is the past, I'm just looking forward to the future."

As for how he can contribute, Deaderick said he's ready to help out at any spot on the line. Last season, he bounced between the end positions in New England's 3-4 base alignment, but said he's got the ability to move inside in the 4-3.

"Pretty much whatever they want me to play that week, that’s what I’ll be doing," said Deaderick. "I’ll be inside, I’ll be outside. Whatever they call for, I gotta be prepared to play it. D-Line is d-line."

Film vault: Deaderick's tricks

October, 24, 2011
Patriots second-year defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick returned to practice last week after starting the season on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list. New England now has three weeks to place him on the active roster (or move him to season-ending injured reserve).

Drafted in the seventh round (247th overall) out of Alabama, Deaderick appeared in 11 games last season while making five starts, including in the team's postseason game against the New York Jets. We went back to the film vault this weekend to watch a bunch of Deaderick's 2010 snaps. Here's a couple of the positive plays that jumped out (for more from the vault, check out Sunday's post on Ron Brace):


Deaderick vs. Ravens

Deaderick made his debut in a Week 4 win over the Dolphins, but played limited snaps. His workload jumped up in Week 6, when he drew a start at left end against the Baltimore Ravens. Deaderick recorded his first career sack in the game when he forced Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco to scramble out of bounds midway through the first quarter. With the Ravens in the red zone, the Patriots don't get much pressure on Flacco, but the coverage leaves him few options downfield. Deaderick is able to muscle his way into the backfield where Marshal Yanda simply needs to keep him away as Flacco scrambles to his right.

Instead, Deaderick delivers a little stiff-arm to shake free, then shows his athleticism by pursuing Flacco to the sideline and ultimately forcing him to go out of bounds near the line of scrimmage for a 0-yard sack on second down. The Ravens settled for a field goal and considering the game spilled into overtime before the Patriots emerged with a 23-20 triumph, the stop certainly aided that cause. Deaderick finished with two tackles.

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A midseason boost from PUP

October, 19, 2011
AP Photo/Winslow TownsonPatriots running back Kevin Faulk is working his way back to game activity.
The Patriots' patience with Kevin Faulk, Ron Brace, and Brandon Deaderick may soon pay dividends writes Chris Forsberg:
On the day of the NFL trade deadline, the New England Patriots added three potential starters to the practice field. The cost? Nothing but patience.

Three thousand miles away, the Oakland Raiders gave up a small ransom (potentially two first-round picks) to land holdout quarterback Carson Palmer, a move that highlighted the smattering of deadline activity.

Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio had noted Monday that his team would be content to move forward with the roster it had. Sure enough, New England's roster juggling Tuesday was limited to re-signing a depth cornerback (Phillip Adams) and starting the clock on three players on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Let's remember that running back Kevin Faulk and defensive linemen Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick were all starters at one point for last season's 14-2 team. Each must prove he is healthy enough to return to action, then carve out a role on this season's squad, which has improved depth at both positions.

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[Your turn: Which PUP player will have the biggest impact on the team moving forward? Will Faulk's veteran experience mean more than Brace and Deaderick's depth on the defensive line? Sound off in the comments.]