Patriots don't sign UDFA DT John Drew; sign UDFA NT Anthony Rashad White instead

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  1. patsinthesnow

    patsinthesnow Supporter Supporter

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    The roster is set at 90. (for now)

    John Drew*|*North Carolina Central,*DT*:*2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile

    Well, NFL draft scout has him ranked 999 out of 175 DTs, so uh, anyone know anything about this guy? :D

    Edit: O, great.

  2. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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    Well one thing that made me WTF!

    Source: Patriots sign rookie DT John Drew |

    That's 100th of a second slower than Michael Buchanan.
  3. Mack Herron

    Mack Herron In the Starting Line-Up

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    After Dennard and this one, I 'm re-thinking the notion that the Patriots are going to do things differently now.
  4. mgteich

    mgteich Veteran Supporter

    The team needs to have a criminal lawyer on staff.

  5. Sicilian

    Sicilian Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I know just the guy...

  6. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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    Is it just me or is he pointing at me? I'm not a lawyer dammit!
  7. Elijah

    Elijah Supporter Supporter

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    Saul needs a spinoff show ASAP.
  8. Efstratios

    Efstratios Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    20 more days or so till the beginning of the end... Man these final eight episodes are going to be so brutal that they'll make the 08 Lions look pretty.
  9. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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  10. Sicilian

    Sicilian Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

  11. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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    Nice. My thoughts exactly.

    Or maybe they've found yet another no-hope WR to bring in.
  12. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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    Re: The hold on Drew.

    The Eric Wright trade between TB and SF has just fallen through and it's being reported that the Bucs will release him. Bearing in mind that we have a habit of taking on Bucs rejects (well two anyway), are they considering possibly signing Wright and that's why they're pausing on signing this 90th man?

    I know Wright didn't perform all that well last year and has some character issues but as the 90th man, worth the risk perhaps?
  13. mgteich

    mgteich Veteran Supporter

    If Belichick see any chance to sign a player for a reasonable amount of money who might help the team, he will do so. There are at least a dozen players who could be cut by supper time and not missed.

  14. Sicilian

    Sicilian Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    My quote was a joke relating to Bob Kraft discovering the gun charge in the kid's history, not to the rapid sign/release.
  15. bruinator

    bruinator Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Another brother Drew. Can't people figure out the JD and Steven sux.
  16. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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  17. jmt57

    jmt57 Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    I thought the roster was already at 90?
    Or does this mean that somebody has been released?

    Twitter | Field Yates

    The Patriots have signed NT Rashad Anthony White, an UDFA out of Michigan St., per a league source. Brings roster to 90 players.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013
  18. manxman2601

    manxman2601 Pro Bowl Player

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    They didn't sign Drew. It was reported earlier that they put his signing on hold. I suspect the gun thing gave them PR cold feet.
  19. Sciz

    Sciz Supporter Supporter

    Just when I thought the Pats signed an end of the roster guy that I got excited about, they didn't actually sign him :bricks:
  20. jmt57

    jmt57 Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    Anthony Rashad White | National Football Post

    STRENGTHS - Thickly built below the waist, White looks the part of a nose tackle "on the hoof." Quick out of stance, White's consistency "getting a good fit" vs. blocker combines with his natural strength so that he can consistently anchor against one on one run blocks. Not only does he easily hold ground, but he consistently has been able to defeat run blocks to make/disrupt running plays at/behind the line of scrimmage. Good hand use, strength and excellent balance allow White to work down LOS while fighting blocker to make tackles on running plays within the TE box. Unlike many DT's who can anchor vs. one man blocks, White makes it look easy holding ground vs. double team. Not only does he hold ground most of the time, but is able to split it to make tackles behind the LOS. He flashes the ability to defeat blocks with a quick arm over move and gets some pressure on the QB thru great effort, strengtha nd good use of hands.

    WEAKNESSES - A little pear shaped on film, White is definitely not the sleek looking DT who is going to shoot gaps and be a dominating interior play-maker / pass-rusher. He is much more of a try-hard pass rusher than one who has the quickness and burst to shoot gaps and blow things up. When he does not get hands on OL first, he can be tied up and he struggles to shed in time to make the play. He will need to get quicker shedding blocks to be more than a 2-Gap DT in the NFL. While he can make some plays along the LOS within the TE box, he does not have the speed to chase down plays on outside runs or down the field. More than anything, White is not an all-around DT, but rather a traditional 2-Gapper who will never make many impact plays.

    SUMMARY - Not a player that I expected much from, White quickly impressed me with his strength, consistency and interior production against the run. While he will not fit every team's defensive scheme, those teams that play a 34 defense would like him as a potential nose tackle and some would also consider him as a defensive end. For those team that play a 43 defense, only those that play a 2-Gap scheme or use a nose tackle and an under tackle would have an interest in White. Overall, I am confident in White's ability to become a solid, work-man-like starting nose tackle in the NFL (Or at one of the other positions I mentioned previously). He will never be an impact, play-maker who consistently makes game changing plays or pressures the quarterback often, but he can be a good, contributing starting player.​

    Steelers waive NT Anthony Rashad White from Injured reserve List | Yardbarker | May 14, 2013

    A week ago we reported that former Michigan State nose tackle Anthony Rashad White reverted back to the Pittsburgh Steelers injured reserve list following him clearing waivers after being waived injured on May 6. On Tuesday, White was waived from the injured reserve list which means that he is fully recovered from whatever injury he may have had.

    White was signed as an undrafted free agent immediately following the 2013 NFL draft, but according to Bob Labriola of, the 335 pound nose tackle showed up to the Steelers rookie camp extremely out of shape.​
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