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The Top 10 Most Disliked Former Patriots Players

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I’ve decided to put together a list of the most disliked former Patriots players by the fan base of New England with help from people on Twitter and Facebook.

The list include players who are disliked for their off the field problems, or just for the fact they were a complete bust with the Patriots.

10. RB Laurence Maroney

The Patriots took Laurence Maroney in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft (21st overall).

The Patriots took Maroney over WR Santonio Holmes, who was taken 4 picks later by the Steelers.

His rookie year was a good one, compiling 745 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2007 he would finish with 185 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns. But after that his production went down hill, he played in only 3 games in 2008 and in his final season with New England he was averaging only 3.9 yards a carry.

Being taking number one overall, Maroney never really lived up to the hype and as the years went on with the Patriots he never became a legit feature back that teams feared for New England.

Four seasons after drafting him, Maroney was traded by the Patriots.

Laurence Maroney

Laurence Maroney

9. S Brandon Meriweather 

The Patriots selected Meriweather with their 24th pick in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Meriweather made 2 straight pro bowls for New England but was released four seasons later in 2011.

With New England Meriweather never really lived up to the first round hype, and while he had unreal talent, he was inconsistent. He would allow big plays, and make boneheaded decisions all the time. He would constantly take bad angles against players and commit too many illegal hits. All of this lead to Meriweather being benched several times his last season with the Pats.

Meriweather was flagged and fined for a $50,000 (later reduced to $40,000) for a vicious hit on then-Ravens tight end Todd Heap.

After being released from the Patriots, Meriweather played with the Bears and was fined $20,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit, his only year with the Bears, and another $25,000 for unnecessary roughness.

Now playing with the Redskins, Meriweather was suspended two games yesterday without pay for repeated violations the the NFL’s safety rules prohibiting hits to the head. Meriweather was flagged twice for illegal hits to the head of Bears’ receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

Obviously, Meriweather hasn’t learned the rules of the game and not to cost his team with dirty hits like these. One of the reasons he is not a very well liked player.

Brandon Meriweather's illegal hit on Tight End Todd Heap

Brandon Meriweather’s illegal hit on Tight End Todd Heap

8. LB Monty Beisel 

Beisel was signed as a free agent by New England in 2005 and was released in 2006, spending just one season with the Patriots.

Beisel started the first five games of the season before losing his job week 6 against the Broncos. After the Denver game, he appeared on a Providence radio station and blamed the defense’s problems on the inability to stop the “long ball.”

He recorded 47 tackles, 1 sack, and a forced fumble with the Patriots, but Beisel was known more for a blowup in the Pats locker room than what he did on the field.

Tom Curran had wrote an article criticizing Beisel the week before, and when he approached Beisel in the locker room, Beisel became upset.

“Why do you have to come to my locker and rub it in?” Beisel said to Tom Curran.

“That’s your professionalism? You slash me in front of everybody? What kind of (expletive) is that?”

After Curran had walked away, Beisel turned his anger toward media relations director Stacey James and his voice was heard through the locker room.

“How are you going to let him come over to my locker like that?” Beisel said to James. “You’re not supposed to be allowing that (expletive). You’re not supposed to make me look bad.

“I’m a PR guy myself,” added Beisel, a former social sciences/mass communications major at Kansas State. “I know that’s total (expletive). You’re not supposed to do that. That’s crap. That’s the last thing in PR that you should do.”

Combine that outburst and inability to take responsibility for his play with his lack of impact on defense, he isn’t a favorite of the New England faithful.

Monty Beisel

Monty Beisel

7. WR Chad Jackson

The Patriots moved up in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft to grab Chad Jackson. Jackson had big expectations coming into the season that he never lived up too. He only played 2 seasons with the Patriots and one more season after that in the NFL. He grabbed only 14 catches in his short NFL career.

Jackson being a bust isn’t the only thing that stings the Patriots fan base, it is who the Pats passed up for him.

Greg Jennings and Brandon Marshall both were still on the draft board when New England moved up for Jackson. The Patriots traded with Green Bay to move up for Jackson, and the Packers moved back with New England’s 52 pick and took WR Greg Jennings. Ouch.

The Broncos would grabbed Brandon Marshall with their 119th pick overall in the 4th round.

Chad Jackson

Chad Jackson

6. WR Chad Ochocinco 

The Patriots traded two draft picks, a 5th round pick in 2012 and a 6th round pick in 2013, to the Cincinnati Bengals for Chad Ochocinco.

At the time it was big news and various sports networks and fans discussed the impact he could make with the Patriots, almost all had high expectations for the receiver. He never lived up to the hype in his one season with New England. Ochocinco caught 15 passes for 276 yards and 1 touchdown, the least productive season of his career.

Ochocinco’s biggest problem in New England was his inability to learn the Patriots playbook which lead to drop in playing time and frustrations with the fans.

Chad Ochocinco

Chad Ochocinco

5. DE Jermaine Cunningham 

Jermaine Cunningham was drafted by the Patriots in the 2010 with their 2nd pick.

Cunningham played mostly at linebacker his rookie season, logging 35 tackles and a sack. His impact would only get worse from there.

In 2011, Cunningham was active for 9 games but rarely played. He was often a healthy scratch and recorded one tackle before being placed on the IR. In 2012, he played only on the defensive line, and finished the season with 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks, underwhelming numbers. Toward the end of that season he tested positive for performance enhancing substances and was suspended for four games.

Cunningham was cut in August of this year.

The thing that makes the Cunningham bust even more hard to swallow is the fact the Patriots took him one pick ahead of DE Carlos Dunlap.  Dunlap recorded 9.5 sacks in the 2010 season, and in his short 3 year career, including the 7 games this year, he has recorded 24 sacks, 6 FF, 5 FR, 1 INT, 12 PD, and 118 tackles. Dunlap would have added that consistent pass rusher, who is a force to be reckon with on the line, but the Pats took Cunningham instead.

Jones and Ninkovich are doing a good job but the Pats are still struggling to find a consistent pass rush on Quarterbacks and if they had Dunlap on this line, they wouldn’t still be looking.

Jermaine Cunnginham

Jermaine Cunnginham

4. LB Shawn Crable

Shawn Crable was taken by the Patriots with their 3rd round draft pick in 2008.

Crable arrived in New England with a ton of hype surrounding the 6-foot-5, 243-pound, prototypical outside linebacker.

Crable never lived up to the hype and was a complete bust for the team. He spent the first two seasons on the IR and played zero snaps. Crable would suffer another injury at the start of the 2010 training camp and was released by the Patriots.

Once Crable got himself healthy he was signed to the Patriots practice squad and eventually promoted to the 53 man roster. He played in only six games with New England, recording four tackles and a half – sack.

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3. DT Albert Haynesworth

The Patriots traded away their 5th round pick in the 2013 draft to the Washington Redskins for Albert Haynesworth in 2011.

Haynesworth would play in only 6 games and record 3 tackles and no sacks. He was released in November of the 2011 season a few days after a bad performance in a loss against the Giants. Haynesworth was overpowered by Giants guard David Diehl on a 10 yard TD run by Brandon Jacobs. Haynesworth did not play for the remainder of the game. He also reportedly had words with Patriots assistant coach Pepper Johnson.

Haynesworth didn’t even make it a season with the team that traded for him that offseason, and as quickly as it began, the Haynesworth experiment was over.

Albert Haynesworth

Albert Haynesworth

2. LB Adalius Thomas

Thomas was the highest-priced free-agent acquisition in team history, signing a five-year, $35 million contract in 2007. Unfortunately, he would become one of the worst free agent signings by the Pats.

Thomas underperform in his first year with the Pats, producing only 6.5 sacks, and 78 tackles. His production would decrease and so would his playing time.

His production on the field was only half the problem. Thomas was publicly sparring with the Patriots and their organization. He would miss meetings which would result in discipline, and there was constant friction between him and Belichick, which also resulted in reduced playing time. Thomas also used the media to deflect blame, and vent his frustration about the team.

Thomas and the Patriots were an awful fit in every way.

Adalius Thomas

Adalius Thomas

1. TE Aaron Hernandez

Hernandez was drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by the New England Patriots, and went to the Pro Bowl his second season in the NFL.

Hernandez was a productive tight end with Rob Gronkowski for the Patriots which relied on the two tight end tandem. Hernandez and Gronkowski are the first pair of tight ends in NFL history to catch 5 touchdown passes in consecutive seasons with the same team. Hernandez ranked in the top 5 in receptions, yards, and touchdowns among tight ends in the NFL in 2011. In 3 seasons with the Patriots he had 1,956 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns.

On August 27, 2012, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year extension that included a $12.5 million signing bonus, $16 million in guaranteed money, and a maximum value of $40 million in additional money.

Hernandez isn’t hated by what he did on the field but what he did off it.

One year after signing that contract, Hernandez’s time with the Patriots would come to a sudden, and shocking end, and the reason why he lands at number one.

On June 20, 2013 Hernandez was arrested on charges of murder against his friend Odin Lloyd, and an hour later, the Patriots released him.

Some people believe he is innocent, and some people believe he is guilty, but he had some involment with the death of Lloyd because he was there when Lloyd was shot and killed a mile away from Hernandez’s home.

After this happen, all of Hernandez’s troubles came pouring out in the press and it turns out he might have been involved with a few other shootings.

While attending Florida in 2007, Hernandez was involved in a bar fight in Gainesville. Hernandez punched a man that would cause a ruptured eardrum and Hernandez received deferred prosecution.

Hernandez has also been investigated for a 2012 double homicide in Boston. On July 16, 2012, Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, both were killed by gunshots fired into their vehicle. In August the police had found the gun used to kill the two men and it allegedly was linked to Aaron Hernandez.

A lawsuit against Hernandez came out in June by Alexander S. Bradley, a friend of Hernandez, who claimed Hernandez shot him while they were riding in a car on February 13, 2013. Bradley also claims he lost his right eye as a result of the shooting.

Hernandez was a great tight end in his short career in the NFL but instead of growing up, he acted like a thug with his friends and it resulted in the senseless death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez is now sitting in the Bristol County Jail.

Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

 


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