Butler celebrates two-year anniversary with Patriots on Instagram


Butler celebrates two-year anniversary with Patriots on Instagram

The move didn't necessarily make headlines, but it was a move that would help the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX.

Patriots corner Malcolm Butler commemorated the day he signed with the team two years ago by posting a photo to Instagram on Thursday. 

#TBT 2 Years Ago Today, I Signed As A Patriot....#TimeFlies

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Butler signed with the Patriots out of Division 2 West Alabama after watching all seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft come and go without hearing his name called. Even in the immediate aftermath of the draft, Butler went unclaimed as an undrafted free agent. 

It wasn't until he heard from cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer that the Patriots were willing to take him in for a tryout that Butler had received any kind of offer from any team. 

Frantzy Jourdain, then a Patriots scout, had helped identify that Butler had potential. And it seemed clear to several members of the staff that, at least on tape, Butler played faster than the 4.6-second 40-yard dash speed he recorded at the University of Alabama's pro day earlier in the year. 

When Butler arrived to New England for his tryout, he shaved his 40-time by almost a full tenth of a second and earned a longer look. After just one practice, as Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei noted in his piece on Butler's journey, he was called to coach Bill Belichick's office and informed that he was being offered a spot on the roster. 

"The bigger factor was just watching him play," Belichick told Pompei. "When we watched him play, immediately, you are like, this guy has some skill. He's explosive, he has a good short-area burst, he runs. After one practice, we said, 'We should sign this guy,' "

On May 19, 2014, that's exactly what they did. They wouldn't regret it. 

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.