Patriots passing camp concludes Thurs. (May 29, 2008) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Here…
Patriots Sign Fifth Round Pick Matthew Slater
"I'm not sure where people valued a guy like me, but it's very honoring," said Slater after learning the Patriots selected him in the Draft. "[It is] very humbling to see that they recognize my efforts on the field and how much I love the game. I'm very excited."
The son of former NFL great Jackie Slater, the younger Slater knows that being Drafted and signing a deal is just the beginning to his career. Hanging around in NFL locker rooms with his father taught him the lesson that hard work and dedication are necessary for him to make the final roster.
"I saw the things about my dad that people didn't see: the blood, sweat and tears that he put into this game and how he prepared and the respect that he gave to the gave of football and I think that's something he has passed on to me."
Slater is the team's first 2008 draft pick to sign a deal. The Patriots selected seven players in the Draft: Jerod Mayo (1st round); Terrence Wheatley (2nd round); Shawn Crable and Kevin O'Connell (3rd Round); Jonathan Wilhite (4th round); Slater (5th round) and Bo Ruud (6th round).
[Editor's Note: Ruud was selected in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. The article previously listed him as a 7th round pick]
PatriotsInsider.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 8 Strategy
Should you keep Fred Jackson or cut him? Should you cut Zac Stacy or trade him? Each team requires its own strategy based on different circumstances and Dr. Roto does his best to clarify your…Read More
Who's Hot? Week 8: Trevone, Pitt D, Kirby
The stud teams, players, coaches and trends from Week 8Read More
10 Rules For Night Shift Walleyes
Autumn walleye anglers turn their bows toward the launch ramp as the sun sets and evening temperatures begin to fall. That’s when Steve DeZurik begins his fishing shift.Read More
National Anthem Played with a Gun!
Musical targets? Yes, this guy plays the national anthem while shooting musical targets.Read More
The Haunted History of the White House
The Executive Mansion isn't just home to the First Family. It's also home to a variety of...ghosts.Read More