The New England Patriots released veteran Dan Koppen yesterday after he lost out on the starting center job, but that hasn’t stopped the Pats from claiming another center off of waivers. They have added Matt Tennant, who was a fifth-round draft pick out of Boston College in 2010. The 25-year-old played in 28 games for the New Orleans Saints over the past two seasons.
Once a finalist for the Rimington Trophy and a Third-Team All-American, Tennant is an intelligent center- a key attribute- and the Saints were high on him in the 2010 NFL Draft. In fact, they traded up to get him in the fifth by dealing away a fourth round pick. The in-area offensive lineman was certainly a standout for the Eagles in college and was highly regarded for his toughness.
A solid run blocker, Tennant has a chance at making the Patriots roster, but his weakness is his poor athleticism. He isn’t the most agile center either, but he was the second best center in the 2010 class and has the intelligence and run blocking ability to make an impact for a team.
The fact that the Patriots claimed him is interesting, considering that the common thought is the Patriots released Koppen due to his lack of versatility. The question is, can Tennant play at another position besides center?
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