Patriots claim safety Dewey McDonald via waivers

AP

The Patriots claimed safety Dewey McDonald via waivers from the Colts on Wednesday.

McDonald made the Colts and played in 12 games last year as an undrafted free agent. He’d spent this season on the practice squad until last week. The Patriots probably see him as a potential special teams upgrade and possible developmental safety prospect.

The Colts promoted McDonald last week from the practice squad because two of their top three safeties were injured. The Colts waived McDonald this week because they needed a replacement for injured wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.

The Patriots created a roster spot by placing linebacker Rufus Johnson on the reserve/non-football illness list. Johnson, who’s in his third NFL season and first with the Patriots, had appeared in one game.

27 responses to “Patriots claim safety Dewey McDonald via waivers

  1. Bill is always working the bottom of the roster and has some key special teams players hurt. Back-up safeties on Bill’s roster must add value on special teams. I am sure Bill must also enjoys taking away from from a position of weakness on the Colts roster; a weakness created because Grigson likes to sign aged veterans that don’t start and can’t play special teams to lucrative contracts.

  2. When they snag one of yours on waivers, the first reaction should be “oh crap. What did we miss”

  3. packman331 says:
    Oct 28, 2015 7:43 PM

    When they snag one of yours on waivers, the first reaction should be “oh crap. What did we miss”

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    The Woodhead theorem.

  4. piratefreedom says: The Woodhead theorem.

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    Yeah – but to his credit, unlike the majority that Belichick let’s walk, Woodhead is a gamer and clearly had and has more game left in him

    The Pats simply had someone better

    But even if he doesn’t keep McDonald long term this is all classic Belichick of creating a shadow roster of guys that an come and go, fit his system but potentially no one else’s that he can call on for added depth if the injury bug hits

    Either that or the Haters will say he’s just going to ply him for info on the Colts in case they win their division and make the playoffs (probably with a 4-12 record)

  5. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Oct 28, 2015 8:41 PM
    Grigson is too busy trading first rounders for one knee’d running backs to notice the good players on his roster.

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    Sweet (insert appropriate deity here), I agree with you on something. I don’t know how to feel about that lol.

  6. And he’s a D2 player too. Just like Malcolm Butler. BB don’t care where you come from, if you can play he wants you on the team.

  7. theorem.

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    Yeah – but to his credit, unlike the majority that Belichick let’s walk, Woodhead is a gamer and clearly had and has more game left in him

    The Pats simply had someone better

    But even if he doesn’t keep McDonald long term this is all classic Belichick of creating a shadow roster of guys that an come and go, fit his system but potentially no one else’s that he can call on for added depth if the injury bug hits

    Either that or the Haters will say he’s just going to ply him for info on the Colts in case they win their division and make the playoffs (probably with a 4-12 record)

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    You are misunderstanding that comment.
    it is the woodhead theorem because jets waived him and pats picked him up. he has a lot of value the Jets never saw because BB is a better at evaluating talent then most

  8. Patriot fans will claim this is the greatest signing in history just like they proclaimed signing Reggie Wayne was the greatest offseason move ever. Most bitter delusional fanbase in the world

  9. “Once again the Pats store a player on IR and horde another from other teams. They will never stop cheating.”

    Its hilarious that when the Pats make league approved moves that are entirely within the rules you think it is somehow “cheating”

    Pats are the hardest working team in the league. Hard work, innovation and success used to be respected in this country. The politically correct, self entitled, lazy whiners now find hard work and innovation to be “cheating”

  10. And Ross Ventrone.

    Who they’ve since cut, signed to the practice squad, promoted, and cut again just for old times sake.

  11. Once again the Pats store a player on IR and horde another from other teams. They will never stop cheating.

    I’m going to help you out by explaining a few things about football that you clearly don’t understand, stop me if I’m going too fast,

    this is a football….

    Let me know when you’re ready for lesson 2

  12. They also picked a CB from the Ravens? Is this #4 CB going to go up against Parker/Stills tonight?

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