Ricky Jean Francois

Cannon on season-ending IR among Patriots moves


Cannon on season-ending IR among Patriots moves

Patriots starting right tackle Marcus Cannon was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday in a series of roster moves announced by the team.MOR


As had been reported Tuesday, wide receiver Kenny Britt, released by the Browns last week, was signed. Also, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois was re-signed (he had been released Dec. 2) and linebacker Jonathan Freeny and wide receiver Bernard Reedy were released.

Cannon, 29, has missed six games, including the past five, with an ankle injury. The veteran offensive lineman had his best season in 2016 and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the top right tackle last season. LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming have been filling in for him. 

Ricky Jean Francois thrilled to be with Patriots in 'Dunkin Donut heaven'

Ricky Jean Francois thrilled to be with Patriots in 'Dunkin Donut heaven'

FOXBORO -- If you like Dunkin Donuts . . . and you like football . . . New England isn't a bad place to be. That might explain all the smiling from Ricky Jean Francois in his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters Thursday afternoon. 

"Believe me," he said. "That was one thing that popped in my mind. As soon as I got off the airplane it was like every block I hit I saw a Dunkin Donuts. I was like I came to Dunkin Donut heaven up here."

Jean Francois, a veteran defensive lineman who signed with the Patriots this week, is the proud owner of 30 Dunkin Donuts franchises. He said he hopes to one day own 50. He doesn't own any near the company's original location in Quincy, Mass., but his locations are concentrated along I-95 from Savannah, Georgia to Hilton Head South Carolina, he explained. 


About three years ago, Jean Francois said he started to realize the importance of setting yourself up for life after football, and so he turned to Dunkin Donuts. 

"Everybody," he said, "drinks coffee."

The glazed-donut lover now shares a locker room with one of the most recognizable Dunkin Donuts pitchmen, Rob Gronkowski. 

"I love him because he’s got business booming now," Jean Francois said. "I tell him, every time I look at that commercial I smile. Every time you see it and I see Gronk, I’m like, "I’m making a whole lot of money just for seeing his pretty face.' "

"Yeah, I've got to take orders from him," Gronkowski said. "He might have to take orders from me. Maybe I'll bring in some coffees for him. I don't know. We'll figure it out but I did bring that up to him. Super cool and super neat."

Jean Francois may need a steady flow of caffeine in order to pick up the Patriots defensive playbook before Sunday night's game against the Broncos. When he entered the Patriots locker room late on Thursday afternoon, he did so with Lawrence Guy, who is among the new teammates helping him to learn Bill Belichick's system.

"That’s the biggest thing," Jean Francois said. "Anything can happen. They can throw me in that fire and if I don’t know that playbook, I don’t want to mess up something they have already going. That playbook is my best friend right now. That’s my wife, my girlfriend. That’s my everything."

The 30 Dunkin Donuts franchises that will surely give him some immediate cred with Patriots fans hooked on the stuff? Those will get his attention at a later date.


Report: Patriots sign Francois, McClellin could miss season


Report: Patriots sign Francois, McClellin could miss season

FOXBORO — According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots have signed journeyman defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois. 

The LSU product, who was MVP of the 2008 National Championship, came into the league as a seventh-round pick of the 49ers before making stops in Indianapolis, Washington and Green Bay. He signed a one-year deal to go to the Packers in the offseason, but was released for a second time this season last week.

In six games for the Packers this season, the 30-year-old had two tackles. 

The news of the Jean Francois addition comes as the Patriots are seemingly dealing with the latest blow to their defense. Not only is Dont'a Hightower officially done for the season, but Shea McClellin is not yet close to a return and could be out for the season altogether.