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Pats continue to tap into the Rutgers pipeline

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The New England Patriots have developed an affinity for Rutgers players.  On Monday, they signed another former member of the program.

Scarlet Knights receiver Mark Harrison has joined the Patriots, the team announced earlier in the day.  Undrafted last month, Harrison is one of the two players who stayed in the hotel room that reportedly was trashed at the Scouting Combine.

Harrison and receiver DeAndre Hopkins, a first-round pick of the Texans, denied responsibility for the incident, which reportedly included fecal matter ending up in places where fecal matter shouldn’t be, absent extreme alcohol consumption.  Or perhaps demonic possession.

The Pats likely were drawn to Harrison at least in part due to observations made by Steve Belichick, the son of New England coach Bill Belichick, during the younger Belichick’s time working for the Rutgers program.

The Patriots now have seven former Rutgers players on the roster.

The Patriots also signed former Notre Dame kicker David Ruffer, who transferred to South Bend not from Rutgers but from William & Mary.  He converted on his first 23 field goals for the Irish, but he finished his career missing 11 of 21.

It’s that kind of poor aim that may have contributed to the unsavory problem mentioned earlier in this blurb.

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15 Responses to “Pats continue to tap into the Rutgers pipeline”
  1. surfinbird1 says: May 20, 2013 6:38 PM

    This just in: Robert Kraft has just made it official that he has in fact changed the name of the team to The New England Scarlet Knights.

  2. mogogo1 says: May 20, 2013 6:38 PM

    I wonder what the record is for most guys on an NFL roster from a single school?

    As long as they still win, hard to criticize them. But it’s also hard to believe that a single program is so fundamentally different their players would truly be better fits with the Pats than guys from any number of other schools. Some prophecies end up being self-fulfilling.

  3. brazy44 says: May 20, 2013 6:45 PM

    Why did you leave out how outstanding those players have been and how much they have contributed to the Pats success? Oh, that’s right, cause you can’t. They all suck. Funny how the only Rutgers player to be worth a lick, Ray Rice, happen to slip thru their fingers. Yea, billicheat is a genius.

  4. westampa says: May 20, 2013 6:46 PM

    Was the fecal matter from the Clemson kid or the Rutgers kid? We need to know these details before casting any judgement.

  5. laxcoach37 says: May 20, 2013 6:52 PM

    Yeah for Nepotism! The last few Drafts have not been so great for the “Hooded Genius”. These will all be looked back on in a few years when the Pats are below 9 wins again as contributing factors…. yes, the Dolphins and Bills will be getting some wins again along with an aging Brady and this half-baked Rutgers Plan.

  6. thetruth146 says: May 20, 2013 7:03 PM

    Lax coach why don’t you stick to lax. Mayo, gronk, Hernandez, solder, Ridley, dennard, Jones, spikes, and Hightower look awful dont they?

  7. 6ball says: May 20, 2013 7:05 PM

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    @brazzy44

    Patriots win totals since 2001:

    11, 9, 14, 14, 10, 12, 16, 11, 10, 14, 13, 12

    Belichick may not be a genius, but he’s a good football coach.

    PS – Devin McCourty is a Rutgers grad and a very good player.

    .

  8. chargersdiehard says: May 20, 2013 7:08 PM

    “Rutgers” just sounds like a tough school. Would make a great prison name.

  9. gotampabay52 says: May 20, 2013 7:23 PM

    Just what I thought Pats want Schiano players you all just want to copy our teams way

  10. h0c2000 says: May 20, 2013 7:30 PM

    He needs to hire Najeh Davenport to get his aim a little better.

  11. mute617 says: May 20, 2013 7:30 PM

    So he was too unhealthy for the Bears last week. now the Pats, who just dumped Love for being unhealthy, bring him in. Just weird to me

  12. maximusprime107 says: May 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    It would be great if you included the names of these Rutgers players

  13. patfanken says: May 20, 2013 8:34 PM

    Another post on the Pats with negative connotations. Ah, I can say one thing for you Florio you ARE consistent. :rolleyes:

  14. sportsbastard says: May 20, 2013 8:58 PM

    Nice job signing a #2 WR.. Literally.

  15. 54isaiah17 says: May 21, 2013 1:01 AM

    I guess they figure with all these Rutgers players, they’ll suck so bad that Brady finally retires.
    Then they get #1 Picks for a couple of years, the New England Fan Base disowns them, and they can move to LA for the Big Bucks instead of Miami.

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