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I saw this at NFL Network, but I haven't seen it reported anywhere else but at the Herald. I'm going to wash my hands now.
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The Patriots announced the signing of OL Damane Duckett today.
Duckett is considered a longer shot to make the roster.
A bit from the team's press release:
Duckett, 28, has played in 20 games with one start for the Carolina Panthers (2004), New York Giants (2004-05) and San Francisco 49ers (2006). He was a member of the 49ers practice squad in 2007 and spent the 2008 season on injured reserve with San Francisco. The 6-foot-6-inch, 329-pound offensive lineman was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Panthers on April 30, 2004. The East Carolina product entered the NFL as a defensive lineman and played in two games for Carolina as a rookie before being waived on Nov. 4, 2004, and signed to the Panthers practice squad on Nov. 6. He was signed to the Giants’ 53-man roster on Dec. 1, and played in the final four games of the 2004 season on the defensive line for New York, recording five tackles and a sack. In 2005, he played in eight games as a reserve defensive tackle for the Giants and made one solo tackle and blocked a field goal. He was released by the Giants on Sept. 2, 2006, and was signed to the 49ers practice squad on Sept. 4. On Sept. 19, 2006, he was signed to the 49ers’ active roster and played in six games at defensive tackle for San Francisco that season, making four tackles (2 solo). In 2007, he switched to the offensive line and spent most of the season on the 49ers practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the season’s final two games, where he was inactive for both contests. Last season, Duckett was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury in August and missed the entire 2008 season.
re: Patriots sign OL Damane Duckett today(merged ducks)
A round 6-7 projection in the 2004 draft. Played entire college career at NG and DT.
He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
Spent his first three NFL seasons as a defensive lineman with Carolina, the New York Giants and San Francisco. Was being groomed to play offensive tackle in 2007 as a member of 49ers practice squad. Has yet to have any game snaps on offense.
His Pro Day listing was 6057 300. Is currently listed at 6-6 329.
Side note: Duckett is a perfect example of how accurate NFL Draft Scout's profiles can be (sometimes). He never played offense, yet here was their projection:
His athletic ability, long arms and lack of defensive prowess could see him shift to offensive tackle at the pro level (has the athletic body to make the move).
"What we want to try to do is maximize each spot on the roster; we want to be stronger at No. 1 than the opponent, stronger at No. 25 than they are, and stronger at No. 53 than they are, we're always looking to upgrade the talent level on the team, and play together to be functional."
- Bill Belichick -