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A glance at the arrivals Youth Tedy Bruschi Jerseys , draft rounds and initial teams behind New England’s roster." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePats Pulpita New England Patriots communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpPatriots NewsOpinion and AnalysisContribute!About the SiteTopicsPatriotsOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementFiled under:Patriots AnalysisPatriots Offseason CoverageBreaking the Patriots’ roster down to its NFL rootsNew,5commentsA glance at the arrivals, draft rounds and initial teams behind New England’s roster.EDTShareTweetShareShareBreaking the Patriots’ roster down to its NFL rootsPhoto by Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesThe New England Patriots have constructed a roster of 90-plus.And that’s if excluding suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon and including German fullback-slash-tight end assignment Jakob Johnson.There will be further renovations. The return of defensive tackle Danny Shelton on Monday followed by the retirement of offensive tackle Jared Veldheer on Tuesday are among the latest.But as things stand, how’d each player get their keycards to Gillette Stadium? How many entered the league as first-round draft selections or rookie free agents? And with whom, exactly?Let’s break New England’s current locker room down to its basic ingredients. From the arrivals to the rounds to the teams.ROSTER BY NFL ARRIVALA total of 60 players currently in New England’s fold signed their first NFL contracts with the organization. They’re what head coach Bill Belichick has previously described as “homegrown.”Of those 60, a total of 39 were drafted by the organization. The other 21 latched on as initial members of the annual spring and summer undrafted class. Or, in the case of the aforementioned Johnson, a Tennessee product assigned as part of the International Player Pathway Program, he projects as an 11th member of the practice squad for 2019.This combined pool of homegrown players also takes into account the likes of Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer, Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden, Georgia tight end Ben Watson, Southern Miss linebacker Jamie Collins and Oregon safety Patrick Chung, who all found their way back to the Patriots after stops around the league.They represent 66 percent of the puzzle.Original draft picks: 39Original undrafted signings: 21Subsequent free agents, waiver claims, trade acquisitions and futures: 30The remainder of the pieces arrived in New England having already broken NFL ground elsewhere. They’ve arrived via free agency, waivers Tedy Bruschi Jerseys Stitched , trades and futures contracts.ROSTER BY DRAFT ROUNDBe it in Foxborough or not, the Patriots’ roster is made up of 36 players who set out in the league as undrafted. They range from special-teamer Brandon King to cornerbacks Jonathan Jones and J.C. Jackson. Throw former Oklahoma City Yard Dawg James Develin and captain David Andrews in there, too. Even defensive end Michael Bennett and two-time Ray Guy Award punter Ryan Allen.In contrast, there’s 10 first-round picks from the past and present on the New England books.There’s another 30 Patriots who had their names called between the second and fifth rounds, and 14 who had theirs called between the sixth and seventh rounds.First round2018: RB Sony Michel2019: WR N’Keal Harry2015: WR Phillip Dorsett2010: WR Demaryius Thomas2004: TE Ben Watson2018: OT Isaiah Wynn2015: DT Danny Shelton2012: LB Dont’a Hightower2012: CB Stephon Gilmore2010: S Devin McCourtySecond round2014: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins2014: LB Kyle Van Noy2013: LB Jamie Collins2018: CB Duke Dawson2019: CB Joejuan Williams2009: S Patrick Chung2017: S Obi MelifonwuThird round2019: RB Damien Harris2019: OT Yodny Cajuste2016: G Joe Thuney2019: DE Chase Winovich2017: DE Derek Rivers2016: DE Shilique Calhoun2013: S Duron Harmon2014: S Terrence BrooksFourth round2019: QB Jarrett Stidham2014: RB James White2019: G Hjalte Froholdt2015: G Shaq Mason2013: G Brian Schwenke2017: DE Deatrich Wise2013: DE John Simon2016: K Stephen GostkowskiFifth round2008: WR Matthew Slater2011: OT Marcus Cannon2015: DT David Parry2019: DT Brady2013: RB Rex Burkhead2018: WR Braxton Berrios2016: G Ted Karras2016: LB Elandon Roberts2018: LB Christian Sam2009: CB Jason McCourty2012: S Nate EbnerSeventh round2018: QB Danny Etling2009: WR Julian Edelman2018: TE Ryan Izzo2011: DT Lawrence Guy2018: CB Keion Crossen2019: CB Ken WebsterUndrafted2009: QB Brian Hoyer2012: RB Brandon Bolden2019: RB Nick Brossette2010: FB James Develin2018: FB Jakob Johnson2019: WR Ryan Davis2019: WR Jakobi Meyers2018: WR Damoun Patterson2011: WR Dontrelle Inman2016: WR Maurice Harris2016: TE Stephen Anderson2015: TE Matt LaCosse2019: TE Andrew Beck2016: OT Cedrick Lang2017: OT Dan Skipper2019: OT Tyree St. Louis2017: OT Cole Croston2015: C David Andrews2014: C James Ferentz2019: C Tyler Gauthier2014: DT Mike Pennel2017: DT Adam Butler2018: DT Nick Thurman2016: DT Ufomba Kamalu2017: DE Keionta Davis2009: DE Michael Bennett2018: DE Trent Harris2017: LB Calvin Munson2019: LB Terez Hall2015: LB Brandon King2018: CB J.C. Jackson2016: CB Jonathan Jones2019: CB D’Angelo Ross2019: S Malik Gant2018: S A.J. Howard2013: P Ryan AllenThe list runs from one side of the spectrum to the other.ROSTER BY INITIAL TEAMIf 60 members of the Patriots began their NFL stays as Patriots, counting Johnson, where’d the rest originate from? We’ll pull those leaguewide roots out of the ground now.Houston Texans: 4New York Giants: 3Indianapolis Colts: 2Oakland Raiders: 2Baltimore Ravens: 2Tennessee Titans: 2Cincinnati Bengals: 2Green Bay Packers: 2Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2Denver Broncos: 1Cleveland Browns: 1Detroit Lions: 1Pittsburgh Steelers: 1Jacksonville Jaguars: 1Washington Redskins: 1Dallas Cowboys: 1Arizona Cardinals: 1The non-Patriots leader in the clubhouse is the familiar Texans. Houston is where tight end Stephen Anderson, center James Ferentz and defensive tackles Ufomba Kamalu and Nick Thurman kicked things off.On deck behind Houston is the Giants, with tight end Matt LaCosse, offensive tackle Cedrick Lang and linebacker Calvin Munson all checking in there.Seven other teams are responsible for signing a pair of Patriots as incoming rookies, respectively, while eight teams signed one.Those numbers will continue fluctuate. Perhaps they are arbitrary. But for now, they are a partial deconstruction of what New England has constructed. Joe Bellino, the 1960 Heisman Trophy winner who served in the Navy for four years before beginning a short career with the Patriots, has died at the age of 81.Bellino grew up in Massachusetts and was a three-sport star in football, baseball and basketball Youth Steve Grogan Jerseys , and had scholarship offers all over the country. He chose Navy, where he knew he’d have a four-year military commitment and would have to put his pro sports career on hold.At Navy, Bellino played three seasons, from 1958 to 1960, and was a running back, receiver, defensive back, kickoff and punt returner, and punter. He won the Heisman Trophy at the end of his senior season, in 1960, when he scored 17 touchdowns and led Navy to the Orange Bowl. described Bellino’s running style as “like a berserk butterfly,鈥?and the sports writer Red Smith wrote that Bellino 鈥渨riggles like a brook trout through congested traffic.鈥濃€淎ll I know is that I was quick,鈥?Bellino told the years later. 鈥淚 wasn鈥檛 big in the shoulders or waist, but my legs were stocky and I was built low to the ground. I could run straight, or sideways, without losing any speed Steve Grogan Jerseys Stitched , and I had lateral movement that let me bounce in and out.鈥滻n those days, the Heisman Trophy wasn’t awarded at a formal ceremony, and Bellino found out he was the recipient when he got pulled out of class at Navy.鈥淚 was in engineering class when I got the news,鈥?Bellino recalled. 鈥淪omeone said the superintendent needed to speak to me. I thought, 鈥楪eez, I鈥檓 in trouble academically.鈥?#8221;With the Heisman came an invitation a few months later to visit President John F. Kennedy in the White House, which Bellino described as “just two guys with Boston accents talking football.”Despite his college exploits, Bellino lasted until the 17th round of the NFL draft and the 19th round of the AFL draft, because teams knew they would have to wait four years to get him on the field, thanks to his military commitment. After serving in the Navy, Bellino began his rookie year with the Boston Patriots in 1965 and spent three years with the team, primarily serving as a punt and kickoff returner.After retiring as a player, Bellino spent two more decades in the Navy reserves and was a high school football coach.
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