The New England Patriots were down to their third-string right tackle for the final quarter of the season and the playoffs and still were able to ride to the Super Bowl. Second-team All-Pro (2016) right tackle Marcus Cannon was sidelined for the season after just seven games but back-up LaAdrian Waddle stepped in and was stout in the absence of Cannon.
Waddle was injured later in the season necessitating Cameron Fleming step in and play at right tackle down the stretch. For the last quarter of the season, Waddle struggled to get healthy with an ankle injury. Waddle took back his starting spot against Tennessee in the Divisional round. However, a knee injury knocked him out of the game and the Patriots again turned to Fleming.
Fleming played well in relief against Tennessee. He was excellent against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game. Per ProFootballFocus, he allowed just one pressure against one of the best pass-rushing units in the NFL.
In the Super Bowl, Fleming did not allow a sack and although he gave up some pressure from Philadelphia’s deep and talented quartet of edge rushers, he more than held his own and set himself up to make some money in free agency this offseason.