Today in Patriots History
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Happy 43rd birthday to Lewis Sanders
Born June 22, 1978 in Staten Island, NY
Patriot CB/S, 2008; uniform #29
Signed as an unrestricted veteran free agent on March 6, 2008
After five seasons with the Browns, two in Houston, one in Atlanta plus an offseason in Jacksonville, the Pats signed the well traveled 30 year old veteran as a free agent early in the 2008 free agency period. The Patriots had been burnt the previous season by their lack of height at cornerback, and at 6'1 Lewis Sanders was envisioned to be a nickel back that could be used against taller receivers.
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson #83 can't hang onto the ball, as teammate Legedu Naanee #11 looks on.
Defending the play for the Patriots were Brandon Meriweather #31, Ellis Hobbs #27 and Lewis Sanders #29. October 12, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium.
Lewis Sanders appeared in ten games for the Pats with four starts, two at corner and two at safety. Other than Ellis Hobbs, the 2008 CB position (Deltha O'Neal, Jonathan Wilhite, Terrence Wheatley) was rather mediocre for the Pats. Sanders (not to be confused with teammate James Sanders, who was also a defensive back) was not offered a contract the following off season as the Patriots attempted to upgrade the position (with various results) in 2009 by signing Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs. He had a workout with Kansas City but did not sign with the Chiefs, and 2008 was Sanders' last year in the pro football. He finished his NFL career with 98 games played and 29 starts, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
March 6, 2008:
The New England Patriots signed veteran free agent cornerback Lewis Sanders and veteran free agent safety Tank Williams today. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Sept 11, 2008:
FOXBORO – Every American over the age of 13 remembers where they were seven years ago today. Patriots cornerback Lewis Sanders will never forget. He was in hell. On the anniversary of the ter…
March 10, 2009:
The signing of Shawn Springs probably signals the end of the Patriots career of defensive back Lewis Sanders.
Jan 3, 2019:
St. Peter's HS defensive back one of six headed into Island Sports Hall of Fame