The New England Patriots recently signed an undrafted free agent offensive lineman R.J. Mattes, who was an All-Conference player with the North Carolina State Wolfpack last season. It looked like Mattes would fill out one of the last 90 slots on the roster as a depth offensive lineman in training camp, but the Patriots decided to replace him on the 90-man roster with a different offensive lineman in former Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and, most recently, San Diego Chargers depth offensive tackle Kevin Haslam.
What jumps out at people reading about the signing of Haslam is that he is another Rutgers Scarlet Knights alumn, and the Patriots now have eight former Rutgers players on the 90-man roster. Haslam was released by the Chargers on Tuesday and is 26-year-old, former undrafted free agent from the 2010 class.
Haslam actually started in three games due to Jared Gaither‘s desire to collect his check with no work (at least, that’s what Chargers fans tell me), and he simply wasn’t very good in any of those starts. There is only a very slim chance of Haslam making the Patriots 53-man roster, but he still does have a chance at capturing the last spot for a tackle on the roster.
Mattes was released before he could prove himself to the Patriots, and it will be interesting to see where the rook lands next.
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