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Pats and 5th Round Pick Slater Agree to Terms


The Pats have come to terms with 5th round pick Matthew Slater according to the Boston Globe.  The paper says that Slater, who is the son of former NFL great Jackie Slater, has been playing at both safety and wide out for the team thus far.

Here is the bio on Slater from the Pats website:

2007 — Slater was named to the first-team All-Pacific-10 conference team as the kick returner in 2007. Slater’s three touchdowns that season set new UCLA records for kickoff return touchdowns in a season and a career, breaking the marks held by Maurice Drew and Brandon Breazell. Slater also tied the Pac-10 season record, set by Anthony Davis in 1974.

In 2007, Slater averaged 29.0 yards on 34 kickoff returns – first in the Pac-10 and 12th in the NCAA. He tied for the national lead with his three touchdowns on kickoff returns. His 986 yards were a UCLA single-season record, breaking the mark of 626 set by Tab Perry in 2002 and his 34 returns are also a new record, breaking the mark of 29, set by Tab Perry in 2000. His average of 29.0 is the highest in school history among players with at least 20 kickoff returns in a season.

Slater contributed on various special teams versus Stanford in the 2007 opener. He averaged 33.0 yards on two kickoff returns and also made four tackles (three solos). Against BYU, he averaged 23.7 yards on three kickoff returns, had one tackle and forced a fumble. At Utah, he made three tackles, including a sack on which he also caused a fumble and averaged 19.0 yards on six kickoffs. Against Washington, he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to give UCLA a 38-24 lead with 9:33 remaining in the game following a Husky touchdown. It was UCLA’s first TD on a kickoff since Brandon Breazell returned two onside kicks for scores in the 2005 Sun Bowl. On the night, he returned three kickoffs for 127 yards (42.3 average) and made four solo tackles. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts. At Oregon State, he averaged 24.3 yards on three returns, made two solo tackles and also recovered a fumble by OSU on a kickoff return. Against Notre Dame, he averaged 22.0 yards on three kickoff returns with a long of 28 and made one solo tackle. Against California, he had one kickoff return for 49 yards and also made two tackles (one solo). At Washington State, he averaged 30.0 yards on three returns with a long of 42 yards. Against Arizona, he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score and added a 24-yard return. He was the first Bruin since Brandon Breazell in 2005 to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season. The 100-yard return was also tied for third longest in UCLA history. Against Arizona State, he returned a kickoff 89 yards for his third touchdown of the season. On the day, he had four returns for 148 yards and one touchdown. Against Oregon, he made three tackles. He made one assist and did not return a kickoff versus USC.

2006 — He appeared in all 13 games, including two (Washington and Arizona) on defense … Excelled on kick coverage, specializing on big hits on kick returners to help minimize kick return yardage … On the year, he made nine tackles, including six solos.

2005 — A reserve wide receiver, he saw action in two games (15 snaps against Oregon State and nine at Stanford) but did not make a reception.

2004 — Saw limited action as a second-year freshman … Appeared in games against Illinois, Arizona and Stanford.

2003 — Did not see action in his first season in the program.

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