Patriots announce UDFA class, continue to dip into Arkansas program

Patriots announce UDFA class, continue to dip into Arkansas program

The Patriots announced their 19-man class of undrafted rookie signees on Friday, and in so doing it was made clear that the team had picked up two more Arkansas products. 

At this point, it would come as no surprise if Patriots fans began referring to coach Brett Bielema's team as Rutgers South.

Joining 2015 fourth-round pick Trey Flowers and 2017 fourth-rounder Deatrich Wise were former Arkansas receiver Cody Hollister -- one half of the Hollister-twin duo -- and linebacker Brooks Ellis.

The addition of Hollister (and his brother Jacob, a tight end from Wyoming) was confirmed soon after the draft ended last weekend. Ellis' signing was much more quiet, but for anyone who understood Ellis' background he seemed like exactly the type of player the Patriots would be interested in as an undrafted free agent. 

One of the linebackers listed in our pre-draft Prototypical Patriots series, Ellis (6-foot-2, 245 pounds) was a captain and the leading tackler for the Razorbacks over the last two seasons. He started 31 consecutive games to finish his career, has three years of experience in the kicking game, and at this year's combine he had one of the quickest three-cone drills for anyone at his position.

Captain . . . SEC production . . . Three-cone . . . Sound like a Patriot yet? 

Ellis was also pre-med at Arkansas and carried a 3.8 GPA. He was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy (also known as the Academic Heisman), the only SEC athlete to be selected to the Academic All-America first team last year, and the first two-time Academic All-American in program history.

Take a look at the other 18 rookie prospects signed by the Patriots, and participating in this weekend's rookie minicamp, right here

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.