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Patriots sign CB Bradley Fletcher

Fletcher after he intercepted the Panthers and scored a touchdown in 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Fletcher after he intercepted the Panthers and scored a touchdown in 2014.
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Patriots have signed CB Bradley Fletcher to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

Fletcher spent 4 seasons with the Rams and the past 2 seasons with the Eagles.

His 2014 season was his worst season as a pro, but he was good before last year, so maybe it was a down year, or maybe he needs out of that Philly system.

Patrick Chung struggled with the Patriots his last season and then went to Philly where he struggled before returning last season, and played very well for the Pats his 2nd time around.

Fletcher was good before and we will see if he will get back to being a good player. He struggled with the deep passes last year, but he will have safety help over the top by the best in the game, McCourty.

Maybe Fletcher will have the same turnaround Chung did.

Fletcher will be used in matchups because unlike most teams, the Patriots play matchups, so they won’t be sticking him with the likes of Dez Bryant, someone a lot taller than him, especially without backup.

Remember, they love matchups and with Fletcher, they will have pieces to move around on defense to give themselves the best matchups against other team’s wide outs. They probably won’t be playing man anyways and that might help him. Time will tell how this works out.

Also, just because he has been signed doesn’t mean he will make the team or even play much. He might just be depth, but he will compete for a role on the Patriots.

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He ranked #92 out of 108 eligible players in 2014, but in 2013 he ranked #44.

In 2014, he had 60 tackles, 1 FF, 1 interception returned for 34 yards and a touchdown. He had 22 passes defended.

In 2013, he had 70 tackles, 2 FF, 2 interceptions, and 15 passes defended during the regular season. In the one playoff game against the Saints, he had 1 tackle, and 1 interception.

Fletcher’s 2010 season may have been his best season as a pro. He recorded 75 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 11 passes defended.

He’s recorded at least one interception the past 3 seasons.

He’s 6’0 and 200 pounds. He played his college ball at Iowa.

His career numbers are 280 tackles, 1 sack, 8 interceptions, 58 passes defended, and 3 FF in his 6 seasons.

He was drafted by the Rams in the 3rd roundĀ (66th overall) during the 2009 NFL Draft.

He’s 28, will be 29 in June.

He ran a 4.44 during the NFL’s combine 40 yard dash.

The Pats are adding competitionĀ to their secondary with low risk high reward players.

This training camp, let the best corners win.


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