Today in Patriots History Bottom of the Roster Trivia Happy 54th birthday to Steve Johnson Born June 22, 1965 in Huntsville, Alabama Patriot TE, 1988-1989; uniform #85 Pats 6th round (154th overall) selection of the 1988 draft, from Virginia Tech In his rookie season Steve Johnson appeared in 14 games with three starts. He had one catch for five yards, and registered seven tackles on special teams. Johnson signed with Dallas as a free agent in 1990 but a preseason knee injury led to his retirement. Steve Johnson is now a successful commercial developer in Bristol, Virginia, and the Virginia Tech practice football field is named after him. TE Steve Johnson's final year at VT was head coach Frank Beamer's first Steve Johnson is a true Hokie fan Football practice fields renamed for Steve Johnson Virginia Tech football: a look back at Steve Johnson Happy 41st birthday to Lewis Sanders Born June 22, 1978 in Staten Island, NY Patriot CB/S, 2008; uniform #29 After four seasons with the Browns, two in Houston and one in Atlanta, the Pats signed the 30 year old veteran as a free agent on March 6, 2008. 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. 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. Lewis 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. 2008 was Sanders last year in the NFL; he finished his career with 97 games played and 29 starts, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. From humble start, NFL veteran Sanders finds a spot in the Hall | Staten Island Live Patriots sign CB Lewis Sanders and S Tank Williams | Patriots.com Happy 49th birthday to David Frisch Born June 22, 1970 in Kirkwood, Missouri Patriot TE, 1995; uniform #88 The Patriots signed David Frisch on October 25, 1995. He had spent the previous two seasons with Cincinnati, appearing in 27 games with two starts. At 6'7, 260 lbs Frisch was essentially an extra tackle on the line. He appeared in only two games for the Patriots, with no stats. Frisch signed with Minnesota in the following off season and finished his career with Washington. In 2008 he was arrested for weed after an odd late night rabbit hunt. Happy 30th birthday to Ryan Lindley Born June 22, 1989 in San Diego Patriot QB, 2015 off season; uniform #7 Ryan Lindley was brought in as a camp arm on August 10, 2015 after Matt Flynn was unable to get off the NFI list and pass a physical. He was also seen as insurance in case Tom Brady was unable to play due to Roger Goodell's witch hunt. Lindley was thrust into the starting role late in 2014 for Arizona after Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton were both injured. The performance did not result in potential suitors outbidding one another for his services. In the final two regular season games Lindley completed fewer than 50% of his passes and the Cardinals lost both games. Then in a 27-16 playoff loss to Carolina he went 16-28 for just 82 yards, with one touchdown, two interceptions and four sacks. Lindley's only playing time with the Pats was when he was the team's only QB in the final 2015 preseason game, going 22-45 for 253 yards with no touchdowns and one pick. With Brady by that point being assured of being able to play in 2015, there was no longer any need to retain Lindley, and he was waived on September 4. He joined the Colts late last in 2015 after Andrew Luck was injured and then played one season with Ottawa in the CFL. After that Lindley spent two seasons as an assistant at San Diego State, was hired in 2018 as the running backs coach for the Browns, and is now Cleveland's quarterbacks coach. His career NFL stat line reads 1-5 in six starts with 51.1% of 274 passes completed, averaging 5.0 yards per attempt with three touchdowns and 11 interceptions for 52.4 passer rating. Incredibly, Lindley's CFL stats are even worse. Doesn't Baker Mayfield deserve better tutelage than this? Other notables born June 22: - Champ Bailey, 41; 12-time Pro Bowl CB led the NFL with 10 interceptions in 2006 - but the game-changing play the previous year should have been ruled a touchback. - Kurt Warner, 48; 3½ very good seasons merits entrance to the Hall of Fame? - Eric Green, 52; Pro Bowl TE for the Steelers in the nineties. - Mark Royals, 54; averaged 42.1 yards on his 1,116 punts. - Bobby Douglass, 72; left handed QB for the Bears in the seventies. - Mike Wagner, 70; safety won four rings with the Steelers.