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For Stanford double-major Cameron Fleming, learning Patriots playbook shouldn’t be difficult 06.13.14 at 11:10 am ET
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For rookies — all new players, really — learning the Patriots playbook is a bit of a challenge with the numerous schemes and many new concepts. But for rookie right tackle Cameron Fleming, the X’€™s and O’€™s will be nothing compared to what he went through during his four years in the classroom at Stanford.

Fleming double-majored in aeronautics and astronautics, so he is no stranger to foreign concepts and challenging his brain.

“He’€™s designed planes in class and stuff like that,” Stanford offensive line coach Mike Bloomgren said in a phone interview. “He knows that is what he wants to do after football, and so not only is he your typical Stanford kid, but he’s one that majored in that. He’€™s absolutely brilliant.”

Last year as a senior Fleming needed to schedule special meetings with Bloomgren to go over game plans, as Fleming was in class when the rest of the team had meetings. Over lunch each day the pair would go over what Fleming missed, becoming very close to one another over the course of the season.

Bloomgren coached in the NFL, serving as an offensive assistant with the Jets for four seasons before joining Stanford in 2011. With that NFL experience, he knows what the playbooks look like and installed a similar philosophy at Stanford with multiple plays being called in the huddle, many audibles, etc. He said it will be a seamless transition for Fleming to the pro game.

“Absolutely, especially in a system like ours and one like the New England system,” Bloomgren said. “The little that I know about it, it certainly requires you to be a thinking man. A guy that can go to a second play and have the quarterback come to the line and audible, do whatever he tells you to do, and Cameron is that guy. He’€™s a guy that can certainly adjust on the run, and that is nothing new for him to go to the line of scrimmage with two or three plays called in the huddle and he’€™s told which one to run.”

On the field Fleming is a monster. He stands 6-foot-5, 323 pounds. As a sophomore he started 11 games and protected Andrew Luck while the quarterback threw a school-record 37 touchdown passes. As a junior Fleming started 14 games at right tackle and was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention. As a senior he started all 14 games and took home numerous awards, including All-Pac-12 second team, Sporting News All-Pac-12 and Athlon Sports All-Pac-12 second team.

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Patriots officially announce signings of 4 draft picks, acquisition of LB Darius Fleming 05.16.14 at 6:15 pm ET
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The Patriots announced several personnel moves Friday afternoon, including the official signings of fourth-round draft choices Cameron Fleming (offensive line) and James White (running back), sixth-round draft choice Zach Moore (defensive end) and seventh-round draft choice Jeremy Gallon (wide receiver). In addition, the Patriots also signed second-year linebacker Darius Fleming and three rookie free agents ‘€“ safety Jeremy Deering (Rutgers), linebacker James Morris (Iowa) and long snapper Tyler Ott (Harvard).

Here’s a portion of the announcement issued by the team on the moves:

Darius Fleming, 24, was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder, missed his first two NFL season due to injury. Over a four-year career at Notre Dame, he finished with 157 total tackles. He was released by San Francisco on May 12.

Cameron Fleming, 21, was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 140th selection overall out of Stanford. It was the third of three 2014 fourth-round selections by the Patriots. The 6-foot-6, 318-pounder started all 39 games that he appeared in for Stanford and earned All-Pac 12 Conference second-team honors last season.

Gallon, 24, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 244th selection overall out of Michigan. The 5-foot-8, 184-pounder was a four-year letterman, who appeared in 51 games at wide receiver and as a punt and kick returner. Gallon holds the school record for receiving yards in a single season with 1,373 yards in 2013.
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Report: Patriots sign fourth-round pick Cameron Fleming at 3:25 pm ET
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The Patriots have signed fourth-round draft pick Cameron Fleming, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

The 6-foot-5, 323-pounder is a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 12 pick who made his bones as a right tackle at Stanford ‘€” he started 28 games at the position the last two years. He graduated with a degree in aeronautics and astronautics, and was selected with the 140th overall pick by the Patriots.

“(He’s a) big kid that played against a lot of good competition out there, played against a lot of good players on a good football team,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Fleming shortly after he was drafted. “They run the ball a lot. They run a very conventional offense compared to what some of the offenses are in college football, so you can kind of see him do a lot of the things that we see in the National Football League.”

Fleming is the second member of the Patriots draft class to sign — Zach Moore agreed to a four-year deal on Thursday.

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3 incredibly early thoughts on Patriots selection of offensive lineman Cameron Fleming 05.10.14 at 5:48 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Three early thoughts on the Patriots selection of Stanford tackle Cameron Fleming, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 draft:

1. Fleming might already be one of the smartest guys in the New England locker room. He’s on pace to graduate with a degree in aeronautics and astronautics. He was asked what he could do if he had the opportunity to talk with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. “We’€™d probably just nerd out a little bit,” Fleming said. “Talk about whatever new planes –€“ I’€™m a big plane guy. The astronautics I like a lot but I’€™m more interested in planes and jet planes and things like. If he’€™s into that, we can just talk all day.”

2. He’s a pure tackle. He was asked if he had played any guard while at Stanford, and he chuckled and said, “I think I took a couple reps at Stanford as a joke.” That likely means he’ll work primarily as the backup to right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and (possibly) left tackle Nate Solder.

3. Fleming is one of three offensive lineman the Patriots have taken to this point in the draft. The three offensive linemen are the most offensive linemen taken in the draft by New England since the Patriots took three in the 2007 draft.

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Patriots select Stanford OT Cameron Fleming with 140th overall pick at 2:11 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming was taken by the Patriots with the 140th overall pick in the draft on Saturday.

The 6-foot-5, 323-pounder is a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick who made his bones as a right tackle as a collegian — he started 28 games at the position the last two years. He graduated with a degree in aeronautics and astronautics, and will likely battle to work as a backup tackle behind starters Sebastian Vollmer (right tackle) and Nate Solder (left tackle).

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