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Colts working out ex-Patriots kicker Mike Nugent with Adam Vinatieri struggling

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It appears the Indianapolis Colts may decide to go from one ex-New England Patriots kicker to another this season.

With the 46-year-old Adam Vinatieri continuing to struggle, the Colts brought in four kickers for workouts on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

One of those kickers was Mike Nugent, who briefly filled in for the injured Stephen Gostkowski in New England before being replaced by Nick Folk.

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Vinatieri is 14-for-19 in field goal attempts this year and 14-for-20 in extra points. The former Pats hero missed a crucial PAT during the Colts’ loss to the lowly Dolphins on Sunday.

The 11 total missed kicks tie Vinatieri’s career high set way back in 1996, when he missed eight field goals and three PATs as a 23-year-old rookie.

As for Nugent, the 37-year-old went 5-of-8 for field goals and a nearly perfect 15-of-16 in extra points in four games with the Patriots.

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Patriots release K Mike Nugent and TE Eric Tomlinson; Release OL Aaron Monteiro from practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have released K Mike Nugent and TE Eric Tomlinson from the 53-man roster and OL Aaron Monteiro from the practice squad.

Nugent, 37, signed with New England on Oct. 3, 2019. He played in four games and made converted 5-of-8 field goal attempts and 15-of 16 extra point attempts. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the second-round (47th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Nugent spent four seasons with the Jets before moving on to Arizona (2009), Tampa Bay (2009), Cincinnati (2010-16), Chicago (2017), Dallas (2017) and Oakland (2018).

Nugent has appeared in 168 regular-season games and converted 258-of-319 (80.9%) field-goal attempts and 378-of-393 extra-point attempts for 1,122 career points. He has also played in five postseason contests and made 7-of-8 field goal attempts and all five extra points he has attempted.

Tomlinson, 27, signed with the Patriots on Oct. 15, 2019. He started both games he appeared in and caught one pass for 5 yards. Tomlinson originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 out of Texas El Paso. The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder, spent the first year and half on the Houston practice squad before being signed to the New York Jets on Nov. 5, 2016 from the Houston practice squad. He spent three seasons with the Jets, playing in 36 games with 29 starts and accumulating 16 receptions for 193 yards with one touchdown. Tomlinson was released by the Jets on Aug. 31, 2019 and claimed off waivers by the New York Giants on Sept. 1. After playing in three games, Tomlinson was released by the Giants on Sept. 24, 2019.

Monteiro, 22, joined the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 22, 2019. He was originally signed by Miami as a rookie free agent out of Boston College on May 9, 2019, and released on Aug. 31, 2019. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at left tackle at Boston College.

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Patriots’ Mohamed Sanu Sr. Says Tom Brady Offered Him No. 12 Jersey After Trade

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 06: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Tom Brady got so excited about the addition of Mohamed Sanu Sr. that the New England Patriots quarterback was ready to give up his iconic No. 12.

Sanu told reporters Friday that Brady offered his jersey number when the Patriots acquired Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons:

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It’s perhaps a sign of how happy Brady is to have another solid receiver. The Patriots placed Josh Gordon on injured reserve Wednesday, taking away one of their best offensive playmakers.

Sanu, who has worn No. 12 for his eight-year NFL career, will switch to No. 14 in New England.

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Tedy Bruschi pays visit to 16-year-old who suffered from a stroke

When Tedy Bruschi suffered from his first stroke in 2005 at the age of 31, he became an advocate for knowing the signs. He started Tedy’s Team to raise awareness and break the stigma of who could be at-risk.

Just more than three months after a “mini-stroke” over the summer, Bruschi surprised a 16-year-old patient at Spaulding Rehab, a person he had never met before but with whom he shares a bond.

In September, Ayden Merchure, a sophomore in high school, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He was admitted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he stayed for about a month and a half before being transferred to Spaulding Rehab in October.

A teenager dealing with a stroke is something no parent ever wants to think about and something most teenagers assume would never happen to them. As horrific as the last two and half months have been for Merchure and his family, his mother, Jess Decorpo, said she was blown away by the strength that her son exhibited through it all.

“I knew he was a mentally strong kid, but this really proved tenfold that that’s very, very true,” Decorpo said. “He was intubated for 24 hours. When he was extubated, he spoke almost immediately. He wasn’t just speaking. He was demanding things. From there on, he really just surprised and amazed everybody at how much he could do and how quickly, how well, after something so significant happened to him. Physically, I’ve always known that he was strong, but really with something like this especially I think it’s more mental than anything.”

The resiliency Merchure showed continued to surprise those around him, but Bruschi’s visit provided him with a bright spot that will only help him as his recovery continues.

“I feel like it’s a memory that’s always going to be there and stay with me and help me throughout things that I might not get through on my own,” he said.

Bruschi and Merchure talked about their recoveries and posed for a picture. Before leaving, Bruschi signed a football, writing, “From one survivor to another.”

Though the visit was a small moment on this road to recovery, both Merchure and Decorpo appreciated Bruschi taking time to share encouragement. Since then, Merchure has returned home, and he hopes his journey helps others learn a crucial lesson.

“I hope that they just learn that nothing is permanent,” Merchure said. “Any situation that you’re in, or my situation, you can get through it. It’s just all about your mindset and how you perceive things.”

For Decorpo, she has a new appreciation for life and for the perseverance of her teenage son.

“I didn’t think that he was going to live and the fact that I’m sitting here next to him today is something that I won’t ever take for granted again,” she said. “I’m grateful that I have a child that can still annoy me and still amaze me and still frustrate me and still make me feel overcome with such incredible love. It has put a lot of things for me into perspective and I’m just really, really grateful

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Mohamed Sanu will wear No. 14 for the Patriots, because 12 was unavailable solely due to pesky NFL rules

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is officially a member of the New England Patriots. Just one problem: he’s worn No. 12 his whole career. And thanks solely to pesky NFL rules, he needs a new jersey number.

As reported by Mike Reiss, Sanu will wear No. 14 for the Patriots. Reiss also reported that special teams DB Justin Bethel will wear 29.

Former Patriots WR, now-Jets WR Braxton Berrios was the last to wear 14. It’s also been worn by Brandin Cooks, and most notably quarterback Steve Grogan from 1975-90.

Unfortunately for Sanu, NFL rules prohibit players from changing jersey numbers mid-season. Otherwise, Sanu would’ve almost certainly had No. 12 gifted to him by 2000 sixth-round pick Tom Brady. Sanu was a third-round pick so he gets seniority in all situations where the rules allow. Everyone knows that’s how it works.

Brady better do the No. 12 proud, or else it’s going to be horribly contentious in the Patriots locker room.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff.

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Not too great, though, when he calls Kilgore “old man” or sometimes “mountain man.” Though he knows that’s just Guge being Guge.

Then there’s the historical side of DeGuglielmo like when he shows clips to his players of some of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. Showed them one about former Patriots All-Pro John Hannah. And another that featured former Bengals’ All-Pro Anthony Munoz.

“Tried to show them what greatness looks like,” he explains. “Can you believe they hadn’t heard of them?”

And, oh yes, there’s one other side of DeGuglielmo we have yet to really touch on, a side that his players seem to have embraced as well – as much as you can embrace a kick in the butt. He can be brutally hard on his players, demanding that things be done precisely the way he wants it. Just as that sense of humor can quickly appear so can that Italian fuse.

Guard Evan Boehm played for DeGuglielmo last year in Indianapolis, which is a large reason why he is now with the Dolphins. You take care of Coach Guge and he’ll take care of you. Sometimes he’ll do it with a smile; other times with a scream. Either way, the message is usually received loud and clear.

“What you see is what you get,” Boehm said of his coach. “He’s the same person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He’s intense. He gets after it. He demands perfection. He makes practice 10 times harder than a game. He’ll kick you in the ass and pat you on the back, but I think he’s best known for kicking you in the ass.”

He’s been doing a lot of that lately, what with so much turnover on the offensive line and so little time each week to adjust and react. Consider what’s it been like:

The team’s best offensive lineman, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, was traded to the Houston Texans for a treasure trove of draft picks about 10 days before the season began.

Two early on starters – tackle Julién Davenport and guard Danny Isidora – are now on injured reserve.

Jesse Davis, the most versatile of his linemen, has missed time with an elbow injury.

As a result of the injuries, sixth-round pick Isaiah Prince got his first start a few weeks ago against the Chargers. Coach Guge was asked recently why he started Prince at right tackle. The response: “As opposed to me playing right tackle?” Funny man.

Last Sunday against the Redskins, it became four different lineups in five games when Davis returned from his injury.

Could it be five out of six games with different lineups on Sunday at Buffalo? There’s certainly a chance of that with Kilgore missing Wednesday’s practice due to a knee injury sustained late in the game against the Redskins.

“When we say we have a long way to go, that’s an understatement,” DeGuglielmo said.

But progress is being made. Every day. Every practice. The hope is that a clear starting five can emerge and that some cohesiveness can develop that just wasn’t possible amid all the early season changes. The hope is that DeGuglielmo can get the most out of these players just as he has done so often through his coaching career.

Talk to each player and it is clear the type of impact Coach Guge is having.

“I’d love to play for him for the rest of my career,” said Kilgore.

When you get right down to it, what more do you really need to know than that?

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Yes, we all know the New England Patriots are the most successful football team of our times. It seems like they win pretty much every year, and if they don’t they are pretty close to winning. If you follow football even a little bit you know the fans of the New England Patriots are very proud of their team, some might even say overly so. You also know there a ton of fans who absolutely hate the Patriots, fans of the team will say they’re just jealous.

Whether you love the Patriots or you hate them, the team has definitely has had its share of odd situations over the years. Whether it be allegations of cheating, players having brushes with the law, or just some shady situations, in general, there are a lot of things the Patriots want to keep on the down-low.

Here are 20 things the Patriots don’t want fans to know.

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SPYGATE WAS ACTUALLY A THING

Back in the day, the Patriots were actually an underdog, remember when they beat the St. Louis Rams team in Super Bowl XXXVI? Well, come to find out the Patriots were actually taping signals of opposing coaches and had been doing it for a long time. For shame.

19
DEFLATEGATE WAS TOO

Ahh good old Deflategate. Remember how mad Patriots fans were after Tom Brady was suspended? If you don’t remember, and the Patriots hope you don’t, the team used to deflate their footballs so Tom Brady had an advantage. Such bad form.

18
THEIR FIRST SUPERBOWL WIN WAS TAINTED

While the Patriots didn’t really do anything wrong here, they still got lucky. Tom Brady looked like he fumbled during their first Super Bowl win but because of the Tuck Rule that states “any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass,” the play was ruled an incomplete pass.

17
TOM BRADY’S HEALTH ADVICE IS SUSPECT

Just because Tom Brady is a star quarterback doesn’t mean you know everything about health. Tom wrote a book called “TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance.” Some reviews of the book have been pretty negative.

16
MOST PEOPLE ACTUALLY DON’T LIKE TOM AND GISELLE

While it’s true a lot of people think it is super cool that Tom Brady is with Gisele Bundchen, who is a famous supermodel a lot of others just find the two of them annoying. Maybe it’s just jealousy rearing its ugly head but either way, a lot of people don’t like these two.

15
THEY WANT YOU TO FORGET THE SNOW PLOW GAME

Way back in 1982, the Patriots were playing the Miami Dolphins in the middle of a huge blizzard. The field was covered in snow which would make any sort of kick difficult. They were attempting a field goal to win the game. Patriots had a snowplow operator come out and clear a spot on the field to make the kick easier. They made it and won.

14
BELICHICK IS RUDE TO THE PRESS

Everyone knows Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be pretty rude sometimes but when it comes to the press he takes it to a whole other level. He’s not only rude to the press but he seems to get a big kick out of being that way. That’s never a good look.

13
“DO YOUR JOB” IS MADDENING

A slogan is a slogan, and yes a lot of them can be pretty irritating. With that said there is something about the Patriots and their fans using the “Do Your Job” slogan that’s really irritating. The Patriots don’t want people to know how many people can’t stand this slogan.

12
THEY GET ALL THE CALLS

Whether it’s true or not a lot of fans of the rest of the league think the Patriots get all the calls. Sure if a team is good, and the Patriots always are, they’re probably going to get the benefit of some calls. But seriously? The Patriots won’t admit it but they get a lot of calls that go their way.

11
BOSTON MEDIA IS BIASED

Sure it’s true that almost every team’s local media gives the home team the benefit of the doubt, but when it comes to the Patriots it’s just ridiculous. The Boston media tends to fall all over themselves talking about how the Patriots can simply do no wrong.

10
THEY CAN BE HEARTLESS

Tiquan Underwood was cut 24 hours before the Patriots played in Super Bowl XLVI, even though he had a great attitude, even to the extent he had the Patriots logo shaved into his high-top fade haircut. These guys are cold, and there is no doubt about it.

9
JON BON JOVI IS A FRONTRUNNER

Jon Bon Jovi isn’t even from Boston, in fact, he is from New Jersey, which is not an area known for its love of sports. But ever since the Patriots cranked “Living on a Prayer” during a playoff game it seems he is a huge Patriots fan. Talk about lame.

8
THE FANS ARE ENTITLED

The Patriots make it sounds like they have a loyal fanbase, but in reality, the opposite is true. Most of the fans who follow the team are just all about winning and haven’t been long term fans. Some Patriots fans are okay but quite a few of them are insufferable.

7
THE FANS ARE ALSO OBNOXIOUS

Entitled is one thing, but come on many Patriots fans are also obnoxious. Many of them act like they were the ones out on the field winning games and not just fans of the team. They don’t care about irritating other teams fans though, they seem to enjoy it.

6
THEY DID THE WORST SUPERBOWL VIDEO OF ALL TIME

After the Chicago Bears won the SuperBowl they put together a video called the Super Bowl Shuffle. The Patriots made their own attempt at something like this, they did a video back in 1986 called “New England, the Patriots and We.” It was ridiculously awful.

5
BRADY WHINES A LOT

Sure Tom Brady is awesome. Probably the best quarterback ever. So why does he whine all the time? It’s almost like every single play that doesn’t go his way is something for him to complain about. Being a sore loser is bad, but being a sore winner is just ridiculous.

4
BOB KRAFT IS KIND OF CREEPY

Bob Kraft has always seemed kind of odd, but when he was arrested in a Florida prostitution sting he took it from “odd” to “creepy.” Not to mention he was about 40 years older than his girlfriend at the time of his arrest. Hey Bob, not a good look.

3
THEY PUSHED DREW BLEDSOE ASIDE

Drew Bledsoe was a darn good quarterback and the face of the Patriots for years. In 2001 he suffered a near-fatal injury and was replaced as the starter by backup Tom Brady. He got healthy in time for the playoffs but the Patriots kept Brady as the starter leaving Bledsoe in the dust.

2
GRONKOWSKI DUMPED DRINKS ON WOMEN AT A CHARITY EVENT

Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spent a lot of time acting in a way he only could have gotten away with because he was rich and famous. A good example of this is when, according to Business Insider, he was at a charity event in 2012 and took his shirt off and dumped drinks on numerous women.

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PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW

Of course, we all know about Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder, but many other Patriots have also been arrested recently. Some of them include Brandon Spikes, Willie Andrews, Chris Sullivan, Terry Glenn, Ty Law, and Irving Fryar among many others. Yay team!

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Over his 20 years as an NFL quarterback, Tom Brady has had a lot of different guys share the locker room with him — especially when it comes to guys who have backed up up.

Here’s a look at each and every guy who’s played behind Brady over the years and what they’re up to these days.

Starting with Drew Bledsoe’s partnership with a familiar name (who isn’t the person you’re thinking of).

Drew Bledsoe (2001)

Drafted No. 1 overall by Patriots in 1993
Traded to Bills in April 2002 for first-round pick
It’s hard to describe Bledsoe a “backup,” considering the way he lost his job. However, he was the first quarterback ever to take over for Brady in a game following an injury.

Bledsoe missed much of the 2001 season after being blasted by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis. But when Brady was hurt in the 2001 AFC Championship game, Bledsoe took over to lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl berth.

Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills following the Patriots’ 2001 Super Bowl run and finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Bledsoe retired after the 2006 season, and has found post-career success in opening his own vineyard: Doubleback Winery. Bledsoe has run the Walla Walla Wash.-based operation since 2006, earning critical success for his wines, which are a pretty expensive (close to $100).

This past week, Doubleback announced that Bledsoe was partnering with the winery’s president and director of winemaking, Josh McDaniels. No, he is not the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, just a guy with the different name.

Still, it’s going to look weird when they come out with a Bledsoe-McDaniels label.

Damon Huard (2001 – 2003)

Signed as free agent in 2001
Signed with Chiefs in 2004
Huard is the first player who fits the definition of a true backup for Brady. While Bledsoe was on the mend, it was Huard who served as the primary backup for the Patriots in 2001. Huard appeared in two games that year, but didn’t attempt a pass.

Nowadays, it seems that Huard is following in Bledsoe’s footsteps, opening a Washington-based winery of his own in 2014. Huard joined up with former Dolphins teammate Dan Marino to open Passing Time after spending years studying the industry and now runs the daily operations, according to Sports Illustrated. Huard’s vineyard is north of Seattle, in Woodinville, Wash. — about a four-hour drive from Bledsoe’s operation in Walla Walla.

Huard and Marino started gathering investments for the winery as early as 2010, hiring a young Washington-based winemaker named Chris Peterson — not to be confused with Chris Petersen, head coach of the Washington Huskies football team. (Huard played his college ball at Washington.)

Huard is also the director of community relations for the Washington football program as well as an analyst on radio broadcasts.

Rohan Davey (2002 – 2004)

Patriots Fourth-round pick in 2002
Cut during 2005 preseason
Davey was a 6-foot-2, 245-pound tank of a quarterback with legendary arm strength. It didn’t amount to much success in his three seasons in the NFL. However, he did excel while playing over in the now-defunct NFL Europe with the Berlin Thunder.

Davey was cut heading into the 2005 season. After a short stint with the Arizona Cardinals, he wound up playing the Arena Football League, starting with the New York Dragons in 2006. Davey last played for the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League in 2013.

Davey, who played at LSU, is back living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and works with a concrete company, according to the Baton Rouge Business Report.

He’s also known to make appearance is local sports media, particularly when it comes to LSU football.

Kliff Kingsbury (2003)

Patriots Sixth-round pick in 2003
Waived at the start of the 2004 season
Kingsbury didn’t get much of a chance to perform as a rookie for the Patriots, spending the whole season on injured reserve before getting cut the following preseason.

While his pro run as a player didn’t see much success, Kingsbury has quickly risen up the coaching ranks.

After serving as the head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury made the leap to the NFL, where he’s now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Jim Miller (2004)

Signed as free agent in 2004
Signed with the Giants in 2005
Miller spent time with eight NFL teams (and one NFL Europe team) during his career, getting the bulk of his playing time with the Chicago Bears. Miller went 11-3 as a starter in Chicago, leading the Bears to a playoff spot that year.

In New England, though, Miller never wound up appearing in a regular-season game.

Miller now works in broadcasting for multiple outlets, including Sirius XM radio and Chicago Bears postgame broadcasts on CSN Chicago.

Doug Flutie (2005)

Signed as free agent in 2005
Retired after 2006 season
One of the NFL’s first famous undersized quarterbacks, Flutie broke into the NFL in 1986 and played in New England from 1987-1989 before going to the CFL). He was 43 years old when Belichick signed him as a backup in 2005

The former Boston College Heisman Trophy winner didn’t play much. However, he did add a nice highlight that season in the form of his famous drop kick extra point. He retired following the 2005 season.

Flutie now works as a football analyst and broadcaster for NBC Sports and heads up a number of charity efforts, namely the Flutie Foundation.

In 2016, he appeared as a contestant on season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars” and finished in ninth place.

Matt Cassel (2005 – 2008)

Patriots 7th Round Pick in 2005
Traded to Chiefs in 2009
Cassel has carved out a peculiar (but successful) career as a journeyman backup, starting all the way back to his days at USC. A backup for Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart at USC, Cassel never started a college game.

Even so, Belichick decided to roll the dice on him with a seventh-round pick. The gamble wound up working out as Cassel developed into a solid backup. Cassel wound up playing in every game in 2008 after Brady went down with a torn ACL in Week 1. Cassel led the Patriots to an 11-5 record, but the team missed the postseason due to a peculiar playoff scenario in the AFC that year.

Since then, Cassel’s built a career as one of the league’s more prominent journeyman quarterbacks. He did make a Pro Bowl with the Chiefs in 2010, but is best known for hopping around the NFL as a No. 2 option.

After he was traded from the Patriots to the Chiefs, Cassel went on to play for Vikings, Titans, Bills, Cowboys and Lions.

Cassel has yet to formally retire, but is now working as a contributor for NBC Sports Boston.

Vinny Testaverde (2006)

Signed as undrafted free agent in 2006
Left in free agency after 2006
Testaverde was one of the timeless presences in the NFL for a longtime. He entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick and played clear through to the 2007 season, when he finished his career with the Carolina Panthers.

The Patriots became Testaverde’s seventh (of eight) franchise, employing him as a late-career backup.

Testaverde didn’t do a whole lot in New England. However, he did briefly steal the spotlight in Week 17. During garbage time, Testaverde entered the game and threw a touchdown pass to Troy Brown setting the record for most consecutive seasons with a touchdown pass.

Testaverde has made some property and restaurant dealings, but as he told NewYorkJets.com earlier this year, “I’ve been retired since ’07, my last season, and I’ve pretty much stayed retired.”

Matt Gutierrez (2007 – 2008)

Signed as undrafted free agent in 2007
Cut during 2009 preseason
Gutierrez was a star for FCS Idaho State before signing as an undrafted free agent. However, with Matt Cassel entrenched above him on the depth chart, Gutierrez never received much playing time. He attempted one pass with the Patriots, a 15-yard completion against the Miami Dolphins.

Gutierrez last appearance on an NFL roster came in 2011 with the St. Louis Rams practice squad. He last played for the AFL’s Kansas City Command in 2012.

According to what appears to be his real LinkedIn profile, Gutierrez works as a real estate broker in Silicon Valley.

Kevin O’Connell (2008)

Patriots Third Round pick in 2008
Cut before 2009 season
An oft-forgotten draft miss for the Patriots, O’Connell was the No. 94 overall pick of the 2008 draft. He was buried on the depth chart and was a surprise cut following his second training camp.

After a couple seasons with the Jets, O’Connell wound up bouncing around the NFL, last appearing on the Chargers practice squad in 2012.

O’Connell is one of Bill Belichick’s least-talked-about draft misses. After taking him at No. 94 overall, the team surprised many by waiving him in 2009 as part of the 75-man roster cuts. He spent a couple seasons on the New York Jets roster and bounced around the league for a few seasons, last appearing on the San Diego Chargers practice squad in 2012.

After working as a private coach, O’Connell wound up getting into the NFL coaching ranks. He currently serves at the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins.

Brian Hoyer (2009 – 2011, 2017 – 2018)

Signed as UDFA in 2009
Cut before 2012 season
Signed back during 2017 season
Cut during 2019 training camp
Hoyer’s draft stock was knocked a bit due to his lack of height (6-foot-2). However, he’s gone on to have a successful NFL career as a solid veteran backup and occasional starter.

Hoyer was cut by the Patriots before the start of the 2012 season. Shortly after, he was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but wound up finding playing time with the Cardinals in 2012, the Browns in 2013-14, Texans in 2015 and Bears in 2016.

Hoyer landed with the 49ers in 2017, but was let go after six starts. He was then picked up by the Patriots, once again making him Brady’s backup.

He was then cut again by the Patriots and picked up by the Indianapolis Colts. He made his Colts debut in Week 9, taking over for an injured Jacoby Brissett (more on him in a bit). Hoyer’s time as Indy’s fill-in QB has been spotty, going 0-2, including a loss to the Dolphins.

Zac Robinson (2010)

Patriots Seventh-round pick in 2010
Cut prior to 2010 regular season
The Patriots took a flyer on the Oklahoma State prospect late in the 2010 draft. He was eventually waived on cutdown day. Robinson had brief stops in Seattle in Detroit before spending 2011-2013 on the Cincinnati Bengals roster. Robinson never appeared in an NFL game.

Robinson went on to work as a private QB coach and as a senior analyst for Pro Football Focus before being hired by the Los Angeles Rams as an assistant quarterbacks coach.

Ryan Mallett (2011 – 2013)

Patriots Third Round Pick in 2011
Traded to Texans in 2013
Mallett was drafted late in Brady’s career, but never generated much buzz as a potential replacement. Instead, he was the focus of trade rumors throughout much of his career.

The team eventually dealt Mallett to the Houston Texans for a late-round pick. Mallett later fell out of favor in Houston, with the last straw coming when he missed a team flight to Miami. He then served as Joe Flacco’s backup with the Baltimore Ravens and later worked out for the Redskins.

The 31-year-old Mallett was last spotted trying out for the new XFL. However, Mallett was charged with DWI weeks before the league’s new draft and was not among the players selected.

Tim Tebow (2013)*

*Preseason only

Signed as a free agent in June 2013
Cut at end of 2013 preseason
Tebow is an outlier on this list, having never appeared on the Patriots’ 53-man roster. Still, his run in the 2013 preseason remains one of the more peculiar storylines in recent franchise memory. After he was cut by the Patriots, Tebow had a preseason run with the Eagles, but was again cut before the start of the season.

In 2016, two years removed from his last stint as an NFL player, Tebow announced that he was pursuing a career in baseball (which he had not played since 2005). After an open workout, he eventually signed with the New York Mets system.

In 2019, Tebow was moved up to the Triple-A Syracuse Mets, one jump away from the big leagues. However, he suffered a finger injury that forced him to miss the rest of the season.

The Heisman Trophy winner also works as a TV analyst for ESPN as part of their college football coverage.

Jimmy Garoppolo (2014 – 2017)

Patriots Second Round pick in 2014
Traded to 49ers in 2017
At one time, Garoppolo was considered the heir apparent to Brady after the Patriots drafted him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After three seasons as a well-regarded backup (and short stint as a starter during Brady’s Deflategate suspension), it was apparent that Garoppolo would not be re-signing to stay and backup in New England.

Garoppolo was eventually dealt to the San Francisco 49ers at the 2017 trade deadline. He quickly took over the starting job, winning his first start in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears.

After leading the 49ers to a strong finish in 2017, Garoppolo was rewarded with a five-year, $137.5 million contract, making him (at the time) the highest paid player in NFL history before other contracts eclipsed his that same offseason.

Garoppolo missed most of 2018 with a torn ACL but has stormed back in 2019, leading the 49ers to the best record in the NFC through the first half of the season.

Jacoby Brissett (2016-2017)

Patriots third-round pick in 2016
Traded to Colts in 2017
Brissett arrived in New England as a third-round pick in 2016 buried deep on the depth chart. But with Tom Brady suspended, he was thrust into action in his second game after Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury.

Brissett went 1-1 as a starter and generated some confidence as a young quarterback. But the following year, the Patriots wound up trading Brissett away to the Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.

After arriving in Indy, Brissett took over for an injured Andrew Luck, going 4-11 before going back to the bench. However, he was called upon again in 2019 after Luck announced his retirement, going 5-3 so far in his second stint as a starter.

Danny Etling (2018)

Patriots seventh-round pick in 2018
Cut in 2019
In a 2018 draft where the Patriots were expected to find Brady’s successor, it was a surprise to see Etling as the only quarterback taken. The LSU product was considered a project quarterback and wound up on the practice squad as a rookie.

In 2019, Etling was a long shot to make the roster and wound up moving to wide receiver during training camp. He was ultimately cut and wound up landing with the Atlanta Falcons. He has spent most of the season on their practice squad, save for one game where he was brought up as a backup with Matt Ryan injured.

Jarrett Stidham (2019)

A fourth-round pick in 2019, Stidham has worked his way into the role of the Patriots’ primary backup as a rookie, beating out Brian Hoyer for the job.

Stidham has appeared in three games in 2019, coming in during blowouts to get some game action.

He’s gone 2-of-4 as a passer, with his first NFL game ending with an interception returned for a touchdown.

Andy Bathgate Jersey Penguins

So I was thinking about Dean Prentice, the outstanding left winger who skated on a line with Andy Bathgate on the right and Larry Popein in the middle on some pretty good Rangers teams in the latter part of the 1950s, and who passed away at age 87 on Nov. 2.

I wasn’t thinking that he belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, though in a bit I will establish a comparative standard that would certainly seem to indicate that No. 17 has been done wrong by a succession of HHOF selection committees.

Rather, I was thinking about the trade that sent the winger to the Bruins for Don McKenney, a fine center, on Feb. 4, 1963, in the midst of a typical early-’60s Original Six season in which the NHL’s only two U.S.-based Northeast teams both missed the playoffs in six of the decade’s first seven years.

And I was thinking not only how that trade wasn’t exactly a winner for the Blueshirts, but how the Bruins have seemingly gotten the best of the Rangers in just about every deal between the clubs that I could recall.

Guess what? Until Jeff Gorton had baubles to offer the B’s leading up to the 2018 deadline purge, Boston pretty much had run the table.

As follows, ranked from best to worst, the good one or two, the bad, very bad and worst of the eight significant trades between the franchises:

1. February 2018: Rick Nash to the Bruins for Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-rounder, a 2019 seventh-rounder, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey.
Pending free agent Nash sustained what became the final concussion of his career in Boston before retiring for medical reasons following the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, not only netted Lindgren, who is fast impressing folks in New York, but K’Andre Miller by virtue of an ensuing draft-day deal that included the previously owned Boston first-rounder.

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2. February 2018: Nick Holden to the Bruins for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-rounder.
The draft choice became Joey Keane, a potential part of the future on the blue line gained for a transitory part of the past on his way to free agency.

3. November 1975: Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.
On the ice, it honestly wasn’t all that terrible, the Rangers getting to one post-trade losing Cup final in 1979, the B’s reaching two in 1977 and 1978. But according to the heart, it was the day the music died and never, ever should have happened.

4. February 1963: Prentice to the Bruins for McKenney and Dick Meissner.
From 1955-56 through 1961-62, Prentice was 10th in the NHL with 358 points (163 goals). McKenney was seventh with 387 points (159 goals), per Hockey-Reference. But while Prentice continued to be productive after the deal, McKenney recorded just 50 points (17 goals) in 76 games before he was sent to the Maple Leafs a year later in the Bathgate trade.

5. January 1966: John McKenzie to the Bruins for Reg Fleming.
True enough, Fleming was a fan favorite and a reasonably important part of Emile Francis’ first three playoff teams, but Pie became an integral part of the Animalistic team wearing the spoked-B that won two Cups in the early ’70s while scoring 28 goals or more in four straight years on the line with Fred Stanfield at center and John Bucyk on the left.

6. December 1933: Babe Siebert to the Bruins for Vic Ripley and Roy Burmister.
When the Rangers shipped out Siebert, he was a fading winger. The Bruins moved him full-time to defense, where he became a first-team All-Star before going to Montreal, where he won the Hart Trophy. Neither Ripley nor Burmister made an appreciable impact during their respective short stays in New York.

7. March 2000: Mike Knuble to the Bruins for Rob DiMaio.
Knuble, acquired from the Red Wings entering the 1998-99 season, simply could not establish himself on Broadway (24-25-49 in 141 games) despite getting opportunities to play with Wayne Gretzky and Adam Graves his first year and Niklas Sundstrom and Petr Nedved his second season. But after leaving New York, Knuble emerged as one of the league’s most productive power wingers (243-236-479 in 851 games) while DiMaio rang up one goal and two assists in 12 career games wearing the Blueshirt.

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8. May 1976: Rick Middleton to the Bruins for Ken Hodge.
Seriously, need one say more about this one other than it stands as New York hockey’s version of Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps? Even Frank Costanza believes John Ferguson’s deal (under the prodding of Phil Esposito) was worse.

OK, now the Prentice HHOF case. The winger, who played through 1973-74, retired with 860 points (391-469) in 1,378 games, for .624 points per game. His name is never mentioned when the annual balloting rolls around.

Yet winger Dick Duff, a contemporary, was inducted into the Hall in 2006 after a career in which he recorded 572 points (283-289) in 1,030 games, for .555 ppg.pren

It makes little sense, except that Duff won six Stanley Cups with Toronto and Montreal while Prentice won none while skating for the Rangers, Bruins, Red Wings, Penguins and North Stars.

But how many do you think each would have won if they’d exchanged sweaters throughout their respective careers?

Duff, of course, played in New York for a brief time, obtained as part of the package from Toronto for Bathgate in February 1964. He recorded 20 points (7-13) in 42 games as a Ranger before he was sent to Montreal for Bill Hicke 10 months later.

So maybe we can infer.

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GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 06: Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on November 6, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Penguins defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Martin announces retirement after 14 NHL seasons

by Jake Andersen

Sports Reporter

Arguably the top athlete to come through Elk River is calling it quits.

After a 14-year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks, former Elk Paul Martin announced his retirement in an article published by The Athletic on Nov. 14.

Martin explains why he chose to retire to The Athletic’s Michael Russo, saying he wants to finish out his college degree and start a family.

Martin steps away after putting together a prolific high school, college and professional career. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound defenseman got his start at Elk River High School, lettering four seasons and winning Mr. Hockey in 2000 for a standout senior season in which he scored 15 goals and 35 assists. He also was an all-state football player, while playing baseball and track in the spring.

From there, Martin played three seasons for the University of Minnesota, totaling 20 goals and 77 assists, while winning back-to-back national titles in 2002 and 2003. Following the 2002-03 season, Martin signed his first NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils, who selected him in the second round in 2000.

Martin played six seasons with the Devils before playing five seasons in Pittsburgh and three seasons in San Jose. He scored 50 goals and 270 assists in 870 career games.

Martin made the postseason in each of his 14 NHL seasons, totaling six goals and 40 assists in 122 postseason games, but never was able to lift the elusive Stanley Cup despite making the Stanley Cup Finals with the Sharks in 2016, losing to the Penguins.

Internationally, Martin made three U.S. Men’s Olympic Team in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Martin was bought out of his four-year contract with the Sharks last June and according to Russo, wasn’t going to play again unless he received a pro contract. He didn’t want to tryout for an NHL team or play in Europe.

On top of finishing out his degree, Martin will be active with his non-profit organization Shine A Ligh7 Foundation, which raises awareness and reduces the stigma for those affected by bullying, depression and mental health issues. Martin started the non-profit in 2017.