|Patriots make small moves as start of free agency nears||03.07.17 at 2:13 pm ET|
NFL free agency begins Thursday at 4 p.m., but the legal tampering window opened on Tuesday afternoon.
The Patriots have been active by making some small moves with some of their own players.
— Tight end Matt Lengel has been tendered, according to a source. He was an exclusive rights free agent and will now compete for a spot on the active roster. Lengel finished last season with two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown.
— The Patriots have placed an original-round tender on tackle Cameron Fleming, according to a source. This means he will make $1.797 million this season and if signed by another team they will need to give up a fourth-round pick.
— New England tendered cornerback Justin Coleman, per reports. He was an exclusive rights free agent like Lengel and will be back in 2017.
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|NFL confirms fines for Julian Edelman, Cameron Fleming||09.16.16 at 6:30 pm ET|
Edelman was docked $24,309 for his hit on Deone Bucannon in the first half while Cameron Fleming was fined $18,231 for a leg whip with just under two minutes left in the first quarter.
The NFL ruled that Bucannon was defenseless, and therefore, a penalty was levied. The NFL did not specify the play in question but during a 21-yard gain by James White, Edelman drilled Bucannon in the facemask after he had been engaged with Patriots guard Joe Thuney at the line of scrimmage.
Neither Edelman nor Fleming were penalized during the game for their plays.
Edelman indicated on Thursday he plans to appeal. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported Friday that Fleming, who started at left tackle in place of Nate Solder last week, is also expect to file an appeal of the fine.
|Source: Patriots tender OL Cameron Fleming||03.06.16 at 7:41 pm ET|
According to a source, the Patriots have tendered offensive lineman Cameron Fleming. Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com was first to report the news.
Fleming, a 2014 fourth-round pick, will be entering his third season in the league. He’s been used as a swing tackle during his first two seasons, most notably as an extra blocking tight end during his rookie year.
The offensive lineman was a restricted free agent and his return will give the team options on the offensive line.
Fleming is one of three Stanford products currently on the roster with safety Jordan Richards and running back Tyler Gaffney.
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|Bill Belichick on D&H praises offensive line: ‘You have to give those guys a lot of credit’||11.16.15 at 4:56 pm ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Monday following the Patriots’ thrilling 27-26 win over the Giants to discuss the game and other team matters. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
The Patriots offensive line has been a big story this season, as the team has been forced to piece the group together each week due to injuries — the biggest being left tackle Nate Solder being lost for the year with torn biceps. Through the first nine games of the season, the Patriots have had six different starting combinations and have used six tackles.
Belichick praised the group for their work, as the makeshift line hasn’t caused much change to the offense.
“You’d love to take the five linemen at the start of training camp and those be your guys for the preseason and then 16 weeks or more than that if you’re fortunate enough to play more than that,” Belichick said. “That is what you want it to be. That seldom happens in the NFL that you start the same five guys every week. … I think you have to be ready for that. I think you go into the season, you feel like three good tackles and our fourth tackle Cam [Fleming] was on the practice squad early in the season and then we brought him up from the practice squad. Now we’ve ended up playing another player out there — [Bryan] Stork. Then [Chris] Barker, he even played a few snaps in goal-line situations as sort of our sixth tackle. Again, your sixth anything — sixth tackle, sixth center, sixth punter, sixth safety — you can do your sixth anything and you probably don’t have the type of depth at that position than would be ideal.
“I’ll say those guys have really competed hard. Stork put a lot of work this week at tackle and I thought he more than held his own. Of course there are things he could work on and improve, there’s no question. I’m not saying that, but for a guy who really never played the position other than being thrown in the action last week against Washington and this week against the Giants where the Giants really had the full week to prepare for that and attack it, I thought he hung in there. And Cam on the left side, he’s primarily played right tackle his whole career at Stanford and then most of the time here, so you have to give those guys a lot of credit.
“Then, Shaq [Mason] who has come back from missing a couple of weeks with an injury and then Josh [Kline] and David Andrews, he’s done a real good job for us inside.”
|Cameron Fleming: ‘It means a lot we were able to keep Tom [Brady] clean’||11.08.15 at 10:21 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Coming into Sunday, Cameron Fleming had never protected a quarterback’s blindside, not in high school, not in college and not in the pros.
Good thing he didn’t let Tom Brady know that.
Turns out, Brady didn’t have anything to worry about. Fleming moved to left tackle from the right side when Sebastian Vollmer went out with a concussion in the first half. Bryan Stork came on to take Fleming’s spot at right tackle.
The result? No sacks and two Brady touchdown passes in a 27-10 Patriots win at Gillette Stadium. The run game wasn’t bad either, as LeGarrette Blount ran for 129 yards on 29 carries.
“When you’re called on you’ve just got to be prepared,” Fleming said. “I was prepared for it. It’s a little bit exciting. I’ve never been over there before, so it’s cool. I liked it.
“I had to switch my legs. It’s the same position, it’s just on a different side. You have to kind of flip everything in your head. I’ve practiced it. We worked on rotating just in case something happened. We were definitely prepared.”
Brady gave his offensive line lots of inspiration during the game and lots of love after the game, though he did joke he didn’t know when the decision was made to let Fleming play left tackle.
“It means a lot,” Fleming said of earning Brady’s trust. “We’re all prepared to play. We’re all ready to contribute to the team and it means a lot that we were able to keep Tom clean because that’s the name of the game.”
|Patriots place CB Tarell Brown (foot) on season-ending IR, officially activate OL Cameron Fleming||10.17.15 at 5:40 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — The foot injury to Tarell Brown turned out to be more serious than initially expected.
The Patriots placed the 30-year-old slot corner on season-ending injured reserve Saturday with a foot injury. Brown’s name appeared on the injury report last week and he was limited on Wednesday and Thursday before fully participating on Friday and playing 45 of 72 snaps against the Cowboys.
But this week, Brown’s name reappeared on Wednesday and he was limited in practice. The foot apparently didn’t respond well and he missed Thursday and Friday, leading to Saturday’s transaction.
Taking Brown’s spot on the roster is offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, activated to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.
Fleming, 23, originally joined the Patriots as a fourth-round draft pick (140th overall) in 2014 out of Stanford. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder, was released by the Patriots on Sept. 6, and signed to the practice squad on two days later. He appeared in seven regular-season games with two starts as a rookie last season ‘ one at tackle-eligible tight end and one at right guard. Fleming also saw action in two postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX.
Brown, 30, a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2007-13) and the Oakland Raiders (2014), joined the Patriots as a free agent on July 27, 2015. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, started the first two games of the season and has played in three of the first four games, accumulating 14 total tackles.
Brown originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick (147th overall) by San Francisco in 2007 out of Texas. After playing his first seven years with the 49ers, Brown signed with Oakland as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2014.
|Report: OT Cameron Fleming promoted from practice squad||10.16.15 at 8:45 pm ET|
Nate Solder‘s loss is Cameron Fleming’s gain.
With Solder landing on the injured reserve list this week, the Patriots decided Friday to promote the 23-year-old tackle from the practice squad Friday, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The timing is not surprising since Fleming played 38 of 77 snaps last November in Indianapolis, helping Jonas Gray set a new Patriots record with four touchdowns and 201 yards rushing.
Fleming was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Patriots. Fleming appeared in nine games last season, including the playoffs.
Fleming was cut by the Patriots at the end of the preseason this year but was signed to the practice squad and subsequently promoted to the active roster Friday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 16, 2015
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