|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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|What will Patriots do if Nate Solder is out for season?||10.14.15 at 1:09 pm ET|
The loss of left tackle Nate Solder for the year will force the Patriots to get creative on the left side of their offensive line.
The first inclination for New England fans would be to default to the idea of veteran Marcus Cannon filling his position. After all, he’s the lead swing tackle on the depth chart, and he saw the bulk of the snaps in Solder’s place after Solder went down against the Cowboys.
“Marcus has always played well for us,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday morning of Cannon, who has played guard and tackle in his time in New England. “Two years ago when he was in for [Sebastian] Vollmer, last year the opportunities that he had early in the year, particularly at tackle, and then this year he’s played in every game, played a number of snaps in all of our games, so he’s always done a good job for us when he’s been in there. I’m glad we have him.”
At the same time, the Patriots have other options. The first one involves moving right tackle Sebastian Vollmer from right tackle to left. The veteran is the senior member of the New England offensive line, and does have some experience on the left side, including five starts there as a rookie when he filled in for an injured Matt Light. Vollmer’s steadiness and consistency over the course of his career could help recalibrate the offensive line and at least minimize some of the potential issues that could arise from the loss of Solder.
|Reports: Cameron Fleming returns to Patriots on practice squad, Xzavier Dickson released||09.07.15 at 10:24 pm ET|
The Patriots practice squad is getting a familiar face.
According to multiple reports (first reported by NESN’s Doug Keyd), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming is returning to the Patriots on their practice squad after clearing waivers following his release on Sunday.
To make room on the practice squad, Xzavier Dickson has been released.
Fleming, the Patriots’ fourth-round pick last year out of Stanford, got most of his playing time last year as an extra offensive lineman. He would figure to be the first offensive lineman to be added to the 53-man roster given a spot were to open up.
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