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Veteran Free Agent Wide Receivers


There is a very long list of veteran free agent wide receiver acquisitions by the Patriots over the last two decades. It seems to be like throwing a plate of spaghetti against the wall to find a few strands that stick. Some of those low risk acquisitions pan out, while many others do not.


Happy 46th birthday to Tim Dwight
Born July 13, 1975 in Iowa City
Patriot WR, 2005; uniform #86
Signed as a free agent to a one-year contract on March 11, 2005




The 5'8 speedster played football and track at Iowa, where he was a Big 10 champion in the 100 meter dash, the 4x100 meter relay, and the 4x400 meter relay. Originally drafted by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 1998 draft, Tim Dwight was a 30 year old veteran entering his eighth NFL season by the time he landed in Foxborough. Mostly known for his skill as a punt and kickoff return man, he did lead the league with 20.9 yards per reception in 1999. From 1999 to 2002 Tim averaged 33 catches for 526 yards in time split between the Falcons and Chargers, but injuries limited him to 16 receptions in his final two seasons in San Diego.








With David Patten departing to Washington after Super Bowl 39, the Pats signed Tim Dwight early in free agency in 2005. Dwight led the '05 team with 32 punt returns, averaging 8.5 yards per return; he also averaged 25.0 yards on ten kickoff returns. Tim was the number four wide receiver on the Patriots depth chart that season (behind Deion Branch, David Givens and Troy Brown), averaging 17.5 yards on his 19 receptions for 332 yards and three touchdowns, and toting 866 all purpose yards.




Tim Dwight played ten years in the NFL, scoring 22 touchdowns while accumulating 9,854 all purpose yards. He also returned six punts and kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 94 yard kick return in Super Bowl 33. In his post-NFL career he has worked as a solar energy advocate.



From the Patriots.com archives:
March 14, 2005:

Dwight, 29, visited the Patriots at Gillette Stadium last week. He was released by San Diego on Feb. 22, several weeks before he was scheduled to receive a $100,000 roster bonus, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.​

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound wideout had been hampered by injuries in three of his four seasons in San Diego, forcing him to miss 17 games for the Chargers from 2001-04. He has played in all 16 games only once in his career, in 2002.​

Dwight missed four games last season with toe and hamstring injuries and was used almost exclusively as a return specialist. He finished the season ranked sixth in the AFC with a 24.4-yard per return average, returning 50 kickoffs for 1,222 yards, both career highs. His 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the New York Jets on Sept. 19 was his second career return for a score. It was also the second-highest kickoff return average of his career, trailing only his 27.0-yard average as a rookie in 1998. He was slowed by a collapsed lung in 2003 that limited him to nine games.​


March 15, 2005:

April 6, 2005:

Eric McHugh of the Patriot Ledger analyzes the Patriots moves and says the roster redesign basically comes down to replacing Troy Brown and David Patten with Tim Dwight and now David Terrell.​


Aug 19, 2005:

TIM DWIGHT: GOING DEEP​

Tom Brady connected with Tim Dwight on a 45-yard bomb in the first quarter, marking Dwight's first reception of the preseason. Dwight was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 13, 2005, and has a long history of long plays, often resulting in touchdowns. He has recorded seven career touchdown plays of more than 50 yards and five touchdowns of more than 70 yards. The long scores have come via receptions (52 yards, 60 yards), punt returns (70, 70, 84) and kickoff returns (87, 93). The eighth-year veteran enters the 2005 campaign as the only active NFL player to have scored multiple touchdowns in each of the following four categories: receiving (14), rushing (3), punt returns (3) and kickoff returns (2).​


Oct 2, 2005:

THE DWIGHT STUFF​

Tim Dwight scored his second touchdown of the season on a 30-yard scoring reception in the second quarter, giving the Patriots a 14-10 lead. Dwight, who joined the Patriots as a free agent prior to the 2005 season after spending four years in San Diego, scored his second touchdown in as many games in Foxborough, having also scored in the season opener against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 8. Dwight has now grabbed 16 career touchdown passes, and his two receiving scores so far this year are his most since 2002, when he also had two touchdown catches.​


Nov 13, 2005:

After a 29-yard kickoff return by Bethel Johnson, Brady atoned quickly for his interception by hitting WR Tim Dwight for a 59-yard gainer on first down. Dolphins CB Reggie Howard got his hands on the ball and could have made an interception, but Dwight took it away. That play put New England at the Miami 17-yard line. Brady hit Watson in the end zone for a touchdown on the next play.​


Jan 1, 2006:

CASSEL SCORES​

Rookie quarterback Matt Cassel threw his first touchdown of his NFL career when he completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tim Dwight with 6:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.​

DROP KICK FLUTIE​
Quarterback Doug Flutie dug into his bag of tricks when he used the drop kick technique to convert an extra point attempt in the fourth quarter. The kick came after Cassel's 9-yard touchdown pass to Dwight, and brought the Patriots within five points of the Dolphins, making the score 25-20. According to the NFL Hall of Fame website, Ray McLean of the Chicago Bears was the last player to successfully convert a drop kick in the NFL. He converted an extra point following Ken Kavanaugh's 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown during the Bears' 37-9 win over the New York Giants in the 1941 NFL Championship Game. The drop kick came in the fourth quarter of the title game played on December 21, 1941.​

In the NFL's official rule book. Rule 3, Section 8 defines the dropkick as, "a kick by a kicker who drops the ball and kicks it as, or immediately after, it touches the ground."​


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Today in Patriots History
Veteran Free Agent Wide Receivers


Again, there is a very long list of veteran free agent wide receiver acquisitions by the Patriots over the last two decades. A few pan out; many do not.


Happy 46th birthday to Donald Hayes
Born July 13, 1975 in Century, Florida
Patriot WR, 2002; uniform #81
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2002

The Patriots were impressed with the performance of Hayes' 2000 and 2001 seasons, when he caught 118 passes for 1,523 yards with the Panthers. Carolina wanted to re-sign him, but he opted instead to join the defending super bowl champions rather than the 1-15 Panthers.




The Pats signed the 6'4, 220 pound, 26 year old free agent to a two-year, $2.4 million guaranteed contract on the second day of free agency. At the time it was projected that Hayes would start opposite Troy Brown at WR, filling the void due to the departure of Terry Glenn outside, with David Patten in the slot. Problem was the Hayes became the poster child for what happens to a player that cannot pickup Bill Belichick's offense.

Patriots add WR Donald Hayes to arsenal | espn

In a classic case of the rich getting even richer, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have landed the physical wide receiver they coveted by reaching contract agreement in principle with unrestricted free agent Donald Hayes, ESPN.com has learned.​

A four-year veteran, Hayes played his entire previous career with the Carolina Panthers before he became eligible for unrestricted free agency this spring, and is one of the emerging young wideouts in the league and he has enjoyed two consecutive productive seasons. At 6-feet-4 and 208 pounds, the former University of Wisconsin star possesses prototype size for the modern game and he has deep speed as well.​

Hayes, 26, will likely start opposite Pro Bowl wide receiver Troy Brown for the Patriots, and that will permit speedy David Patten to move to the No. 3 wideout spot. Hayes appears to be a perfect complement to Brown, who has evolved into the Patriots' "go to" receiver the last couple years. He provides New England the deep threat it missed because of the suspension, and then eventual trade, of disgruntled Terry Glenn.​


From Management Secrets of the New England Patriots:

New England saw Hayes as a starting receiver, but Hayes had a learning disability, flailed around in early practices and never established himself in Tom Brady's mind as a reliable receiver who would run the right routes (i.e., appropriate to the defensive coverage and run them with decision. Even Hayes admits it took him a long time to pick up the Patriots' system:​

"the coaches were expecting me to perform at this high level-which I was myself, too-and then I found out that the way I knew how to learn things was totally different from how they were teaching it. ... Once I got to a point where I knew the offense and everything, they already had a couple of guys in front of me who were having success. They weren't going to make any changes.​


In his first game with the Pats he got the start and had three receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown, but the QB-WR trust and chemistry just wasn't there. Hayes played in 12 games for the Patriots in 2002, with only that one start. He finished the season with a mere twelve receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and is still to this day considered to be one of the biggest free agent busts in New England Patriots history. He was released the following February, and never played in another regular season NFL game again.

Feb 21, 2003:

June 3, 2013:




Happy 28th birthday to Anthony Fabiano
Born July 13, 1993 in Wakefield
Patriot center, 2017 (practice squad)
Signed to the practice squad on November 9, 2017

The Wakefield native and Harvard grad missed out on a chance to play in the Senior Bowl and participate in the Combine, due to a torn toe tendon and fractured foot. The use of an Accelerated Recovery Process' (ARP) Wave machine cut his rehab time dramatically, and he was able to participate in the Crimson's Pro Day. Fabiano's first NFL action came in week 5 of 2016 for the Cleveland Browns - against his favorite team, the Patriots. He played in four games with one start with Cleveland that year, and in five games with one start for Indy in 2017.

Jan 31, 2011:

March 28, 2016:

April 24, 2016:





Fabiano is a free agent now, but did get himself a super bowl ring last year as a member of Tampa Bay's practice squad. He has moved quite a bit: from Baltimore to Cleveland to Washington to the Giants, Colts, Browns, Eagles, Bucs, Packers, and Browns for a third time since 2016 - mostly on practice squads and offseason rosters, credited with 11 NFL games during that time.

Anthony was on the Pats practice squad for about 48 hours in November of 2017. Fabiano joined the PS when WR Jake Kumerow was cut, and was released two days later when the Pats re-signed Geneo Grissom.

Nov 9, 2017: Patriots Claim TE Martellus Bennett Off Waivers from Green Bay; Release DL Geneo Grissom; Make Changes to the Practice Squad

Fabiano, 24, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Baltimore Ravens out of Harvard on May 6, 2016. The 6-foot-1, 303-pounder, was released by the Ravens at the end of training camp last season and had two separate stints on the Cleveland Browns practice squad before being added to the 53-man roster on Dec. 5, 2016. The Wakefield, Mass., native appeared in the final four regular season games with one start at center in the finale at Pittsburgh. Fabiano went to training camp with Cleveland this year and was released prior to the start of the regular season. Since then he has had stints on the Washington Redskins and N.Y. Giants practice squads.​


Nov 11, 2017: Patriots Sign DL Geneo Grissom to the Practice Squad; Release OL Anthony Fabiano from the Practice Squad




July 13, 2002:
33 year old free agent safety Victor Green is signed to a contract, after nine seasons with the Jets. Green played in all 16 games of the 2002 season, with five starts and one interception.
Patriots, overlooked Green agree to deal | espn


July 13, 2001:
New England signs free agent Terrell Buckley. The cornerback had spent the previous nine seasons with Green Bay, Miami and Denver, and played in all but one game during his two seasons with the Patriots.


July 13, 1992:
Hugh Millen is re-signed to a one year contract. Millen started 13 games the previous year, with mixed results. On the positive side he led the Pats to three comebacks (2nd most in the NFL in '91), ranked fourth in passing yards per game (236), was fourth with four game-winning drives, fifth in yards per pass attempt, eighth in yards per completion and ninth in completion percentage. On the other hand he threw 18 picks (third most), was sacked 54 times (second most that year, 22nd most all time), lost 379 yards on those sacks (second most in '91, 35th most all time) and had an upside down touchdown to interception ratio of 1:2 (9/18). The train went off the tracks in 1992 though, with Millen going 0-7 as a starter - despite having a statistically better performance - and the Dick MacPherson era came to an abrupt halt after a 2-14 finish.


July 13, 1988:
Guard Ron Wooten is signed to a five year contract extension.




Some other pro football players born on this date include:

- Jack Kemp (1935-2009); the AFL all star QB for the Chargers and Bills went on to serve nine terms in Congress as a representative from upstate New York, was the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 to 1993, and was the vice presidential candidate with Bob Dole in the 1996 election.

- Danny Abramowicz, 76 (7/13/45); All-Pro WR led the NFL in receptions in 1969, and was the first legitimate star in New Orleans Saints franchise history.

- Michael Koenen, 39 (7/13/82); will probably be the last player in NFL history to handle punts, kickoffs and long field goals simultaneously for a team - unless Jake Bailey ends up performing that trifecta.
 

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Tim Dwight was a good player, though not so much for the Patriots.
Yeah, he didn't do that much by the time he joined the Pats - but it wasn't as if he played poorly in New England. If I recall correctly most of the passes thrown to him were deep routes - those with a lower percentage of being completed, with higher yardage if completed type of play calls. It would seem that the opposing defense should have had a good idea of what o expect when he did get on the field.

The bigger thing was that with Givens, Branch and Troy, there wasn't much of a chance for anybody else to get a pass thrown their way. And that's before figuring in how many play calls went to a running back or fullback.

Dwight was fun to watch early in his career with the Falcons.


Pass Targets - 2005 New England Patriots
  1. -- 125 -- Deion Branch
  2. --- 96 -- David Givens
  3. --- 59 -- Troy Brown
  4. --- 54 -- Ben Watson
  5. --- 37 -- Kevin Faulk
  6. --- 34 -- Tim Dwight
  7. --- 30 -- Patrick Pass
  8. --- 26 -- Corey Dillon
  9. --- 25 -- Daniel Graham
  10. --- 24 -- Andre' Davis
  11. --- 17 -- Christian Fauria
  12. --- 11 -- Heath Evans
  13. ---- 6 -- Bethel Johnson
  14. ---- 4 -- Bam Childress
  15. ---- 3 -- Mike Vrabel
  16. ---- 2 -- Mike Cloud
  17. ---- 1 -- Amos Zereoue
  18. ---- 1 -- Tom Ashworth


Offensive Touches - 2005 New England Patriots
  1. -- 231 -- Corey Dillon
  2. --- 80 -- Kevin Faulk
  3. --- 78 -- Deion Branch
  4. --- 76 -- Patrick Pass
  5. --- 61 -- David Givens
  6. --- 61 -- Heath Evans
  7. --- 39 -- Troy Brown
  8. --- 29 -- Ben Watson
  9. --- 27 -- Tom Brady
  10. --- 23 -- Tim Dwight
  11. --- 23 -- Mike Cloud
  12. --- 16 -- Daniel Graham
  13. ---- 9 -- Andre' Davis
  14. ---- 8 -- Christian Fauria
  15. ---- 8 -- Amos Zereoue
  16. ---- 6 -- Matt Cassell
  17. ---- 5 -- Doug Flutie
  18. ---- 4 -- Bethel Johnson
  19. ---- 3 -- Bam Childress
  20. ---- 3 -- Mike Vrabel
  21. ---- 1 -- Tom Ashworth
 

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Pass Targets - 2005 New England Patriots
  1. -- 125 -- Deion Branch
  2. --- 96 -- David Givens
  3. --- 59 -- Troy Brown
  4. --- 54 -- Ben Watson
  5. --- 37 -- Kevin Faulk
  6. --- 34 -- Tim Dwight
  7. --- 30 -- Patrick Pass
  8. --- 26 -- Corey Dillon
  9. --- 25 -- Daniel Graham
  10. --- 24 -- Andre' Davis
  11. --- 17 -- Christian Fauria
  12. --- 11 -- Heath Evans
  13. ---- 6 -- Bethel Johnson
  14. ---- 4 -- Bam Childress
  15. ---- 3 -- Mike Vrabel
  16. ---- 2 -- Mike Cloud
  17. ---- 1 -- Amos Zereoue
  18. ---- 1 -- Tom Ashworth
Two of these things are not like the others, two of these things just aren't the same. . . .
 

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Happy 28th birthday to Anthony Fabiano
Born July 13, 1993 in Wakefield
Patriot center, 2017 (practice squad)
Signed to the practice squad on November 9, 2017

The Wakefield native and Harvard grad missed out on a chance to play in the Senior Bowl and participate in the Combine, due to a torn toe tendon and fractured foot. The use of an Accelerated Recovery Process' (ARP) Wave machine cut his rehab time dramatically, and he was able to participate in the Crimson's Pro Day. Fabiano's first NFL action came in week 5 of 2016 for the Cleveland Browns - against his favorite team, the Patriots. He played in four games with one start with Cleveland that year, and in five games with one start for Indy in 2017.

Jan 31, 2011:

March 28, 2016:

April 24, 2016:





Fabiano is a free agent now, but did get himself a super bowl ring last year as a member of Tampa Bay's practice squad. He has moved quite a bit: from Baltimore to Cleveland to Washington to the Giants, Colts, Browns, Eagles, Bucs, Packers, and Browns for a third time since 2016 - mostly on practice squads and offseason rosters, credited with 11 NFL games during that time.

Anthony was on the Pats practice squad for about 48 hours in November of 2017. Fabiano joined the PS when WR Jake Kumerow was cut, and was released two days later when the Pats re-signed Geneo Grissom.

Nov 9, 2017: Patriots Claim TE Martellus Bennett Off Waivers from Green Bay; Release DL Geneo Grissom; Make Changes to the Practice Squad

Fabiano, 24, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Baltimore Ravens out of Harvard on May 6, 2016. The 6-foot-1, 303-pounder, was released by the Ravens at the end of training camp last season and had two separate stints on the Cleveland Browns practice squad before being added to the 53-man roster on Dec. 5, 2016. The Wakefield, Mass., native appeared in the final four regular season games with one start at center in the finale at Pittsburgh. Fabiano went to training camp with Cleveland this year and was released prior to the start of the regular season. Since then he has had stints on the Washington Redskins and N.Y. Giants practice squads.​


Nov 11, 2017: Patriots Sign DL Geneo Grissom to the Practice Squad; Release OL Anthony Fabiano from the Practice Squad

Fabiano >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Thanksdad Ferentz.
 

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