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    via his own Twitter feed:

    3m shalise manza young ‏@shalisemyoung
    via his own twitter feed, @Dane_Fletcher has re-signed with the #Patriots for 2013
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    Fletcher, quick as a rabbit there
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    Probably knows he's going to have more of an opportunity here than anywhere else, I'd think.

    Anyway, good depth signing. Not much not to like.
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    Is the 3m 3 million?
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    Just what was missing this past season is a a smaller, faster (at least compared to the other LBs on the roster) who can drop into coverage. He isn't ideal for that role, but he could rotate in there on passing downs.
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    Grist for the mill...........
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    I think it's thousand
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    3m = 3 minutes ago
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    LOL God, no. when quoting a tweet it indicates how long ago it was posted, as in 3 minutes in that case...
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    Very nice. Prsumable we've locked him up for a couple of years at least. Our LB group right now looks like Mayo, Hightower, Spikes, Fletcher and Tarpinian/Rivera. Not a bad starting point.

    At one point in 2011 it seemed like Fletcher was ahead of Brandon Spikes on the depth chart. He has ability. Locking him up past this year would also add some flexibility in terms of Brandon Spikes' long term situation.
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    I've read it's only for one year (Reiss tweet I believe).
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    WEEI reports the same, One year deal.
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    POSITION: Gronk's roommate. Quite the pair! Fletcher's almost Ohrnberger-esque on Twitter, by the way. Sample:

    Dane Fletcher ‏@Dane_Fletcher
    I like my women like I like my coffee... Colombian and full of tequila!
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    I can only imagine the outrage if Spikes had tweeted that.
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    Good news, Fletcher knows this defense and has some upside. Pretty standard for the Patriots to start of their offseason with this kind of signing, start shoring up the depth first and get the easier deals done before getting on with bigger matters.
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    Solid depth for the LB position, good special teamer with high motor. Gotta like this, IMHO.
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    Can the HOOMAN be far behind?
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    Down on the guy. Had liked him but we do NOT need guys on the 53/46 who turtle in playoff games. Minimum vet contract for camp health insurance vs some new UDFA TE prospects.
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    Coach Belichick likes Dane Fletcher - a lot. Belichick said the following of Fletcher in December 2010:

    “Dane’s in a very unusual situation, it’s a short list of players who have gone from being defensive linemen to being inside linebackers that I’ve worked with: Harry Carson would be one, Tedy Bruschi would be two, and Dane would be a third example of that.

    Most of the time, those guys go from being defensive ends in college to outside linebackers at our level. To take a defensive lineman to an inside linebacker position, it’s a much bigger challenge, to go from a defensive lineman to a guy that has coverage responsibilities, formation responsibilities, to seeing the game from your feet, and from depth, as opposed to seeing it this far away from you, [that is] the guy across from you. It’s a whole different ballgame, and there’s not a lot of players that can do that. Dane’s done a good job of it. He obviously has a long way to go, he’s nowhere close to being a finished product, but the progress that he’s made from the spring, to training camp, to in-season has been significant, enough that we’re going to continue to work with him there and he’s contributed for us.

    Dane was good in the kicking game, he was active, and that enabled him to get a bigger role on the defensive side of the ball, he’s been able to capitalize on some of those opportunities."

    Harry Carson and Tedy Bruschi all rolled into one? Good enough for me.
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    It better not be
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    You couldn't really tell me you interpreted this blurb as BB calling Fletcher that, could you?
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    If I recall Dane had a knack for fumbles in 2010/11
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    finally..a LB that can cover somewhat out there
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    Yes, and a backup inside if that is necessary.

    Well, Fletcher seems to be a major upgrade over Tarpinian. :)

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    I'm glad to see Belichick's gamble of releasing him to hopefully clear waivers pay off.

    His injury was an unfortunate start to the 2012 season that would end with Gronkowski's placement on IR. Although there wasn't necessarily a ton of injuries this year in sheer volume, there were certainly some significant reps missed by key individuals.

    Fletcher will be a good special teams presence who should also provide some rotational reps as a coverage LB/ILB.
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    Looks like the Patriots are off to a running start in terms of putting together next season's roster. With Fletcher re-signed it gives them him at ILB, Armstead at DL, Ballard at TE, and Demps as a KR and possible option at RB or WR. The other intriquing thing about Demps is if they can turn him into a wideout instead of a RB then they may have a deep threat on their roster. 4 players who could help them in different ways, all in all a good head star for next year.
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    Since you are adding all these players who may or may not work out, you might as well add our new starting cornerback, Dowling.

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    I left I-Dowling off because he played this season and went to the IR. Much as I would like to believe in him I really question the ability of any draft pick who misses their first 2 seasons to end up having a good NFL career. He's really going to have to show alot in camp and pre-season if he is going to stick, at least imo, I think the rope is short for him. Hopefully he finds a way to come in ready and contribute but I will believe it when I see it.

    I was basically just looking at players who weren't any part of this year's team who are already added for next season.
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    I didn't make any judgement on whether any of them would work out or not, although i am always hopeful they will. I was simply talking about additions they already have in place when the offseason is just barely starting. Good foresight and action on their part.
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    fair enough

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