Leonard Hankerson’s short stay in New England is ending

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Receiver Leonard Hankerson is about to be available, again. Per a league source, the Patriots will be waiving Hankerson on Saturday.

The fifth-year wideout had a fairly promising start to his time with the Falcons in 2015. An injury caused him to land on IR, and the Falcons recently decided to release him.

Enter the receiver-needy Patriots, who scooped Hankerson up on waivers on December 17. Hankerson was active for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He played in the game, but he caught no passes and was targeted zero times.

Hankerson will now revert to waivers. Given, however, that the Patriots obtained his contract via waivers only nine days ago, it’s unlikely that anyone below the 12-2 Pats in the pecking order who didn’t make a claim after Hankerson was waived by the Falcons will make one now.

The good news for Hankerson is that he was on the roster long enough to get a game check for this week. Whether he’s on a roster next week remains to be seen. If he clears waivers, he becomes a free agent.

73 responses to “Leonard Hankerson’s short stay in New England is ending

  1. This guy has prototypical size. Looks like the real deal. Unfortunately he has skillets for hands and gets hurt too much.

  2. He was probably just an emergency body, just in case everybody else got hurt. There aren’t too many leaks coming out of that locker room.

  3. Another game check (for a 5th year player) and another game towards his NFL retirement fund. chc4 is right in that he Looks like an NFL wide out but just cannot be the whole package.

  4. Heard he can’t catch inflated balls. Pats should have used him past several seasons

    Didn’t need him to derail the Seahawks “dynasty”

  5. hivelocityimpactsplatter says:
    Dec 26, 2015 10:45 AM
    I heard he was hardworking, faithful, loyal…

    30 teams passed on Hankerson before the Pats picked him up on waivers to work him out for a week or two.

    If you think “honesty” is Hankerson’s problem, then why did your cheating team not sign him?

    Hint: rhetorical question.

  6. ….hardworking, loyal, faithful etc. I beleive the Patriots are looking for football players, not a dog.

  7. .
    The Patriots may need his roster spot for tomorrow’s game. It’s possible that he’s resigned next week if the Patriots liked what they saw of him.
    .

  8. realitycheckbaby says:
    Dec 26, 2015 10:13 AM
    Heard he can’t catch inflated balls. Pats should have used him past several seasons.

    ——-
    If that’s true then they should keep him for this time of the season, when (in outside cold locations) ALL the balls will be deflated below the “official” level from the second quarter on. Or maybe you are another one of those science-deniers who imagines the Ideal Gas Law magically does not apply to footballs.

  9. The ideal gas law is an approximation not an exact measurement. There are far too many variables in the deflategate scandal to use it with any certainty. It’s a plausible deniability defense, nothing more.
    Look Pats fans, adults with common sense will never buy that childish excuse. I wasn’t born yesterday…Teach your children accountability and cut out the excuses.

  10. factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 12:05 PM

    The ideal gas law is an approximation not an exact measurement. There are far too many variables in the deflategate scandal to use it with any certainty. It’s a plausible deniability defense, nothing more.
    Look Pats fans, adults with common sense will never buy that childish excuse. I wasn’t born yesterday…Teach your children accountability and cut out the excuses.
    ————————————-

    Cold temperatures make air contract. It happens in tires and it happens in footballs.

    That’s an undeniable fact, man.

  11. Tom Brady must have been at my house last night. My car tires are down 2 psi. Same with the snowblower. And my bike as well. The fact that it dropped 14 degrees overnight doesn’t mean a thing. Must have been Tom.

    Signed the NFL

  12. factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 12:05 PM
    The ideal gas law is an approximation not an exact measurement. There are far too many variables in the deflategate scandal to use it with any certainty. It’s a plausible deniability defense, nothing more.

    That will just be your little secret…

  13. Of course it does. Nobody said it doesn’t. What people said was that in light of all of the circumstantial evidence that it’s not a possibility that the weather caused the balls to deflate. Also, NFL footballs have a bladder inside specifically designed to combat the elements, which Wilson invested a lot of R&D resources to perfect. And…like I said, the ideal gas law is not an exact measurement, and there are far too many variables in deflategate to use it with any reliability.

  14. The ideal gas law is an approximation not an exact measurement.
    ————–
    True. But adults with common sense, and maybe even you, are “generally aware” that it provides a more exact solution than “more probable than not”.

    And … circumstantial evidence or not, the balls likely didn’t deflate much (if at all) by loss of air volume. However, they DID necessarily lose pressure as a result of loss of temperature due to the colder weather regardless of what Wilson R&D did or what “people” said.

  15. factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 12:33 PM
    and there are far too many variables in deflategate to use it with any reliability.
    ________________

    Variables indeed. ‘Variables’ such as ignoring the best recollection of Walt Anderson about which gauge he used and NFL Director of Game Operations James Daniel ‘misplacing’ the Patriots PSI gauge that could have given a correct initial baseline or Goodell varying Brady’s testimony from the arbitration hearing from the transcript when publishing his decision. There certainly are far too many ‘variables’…

  16. do you even have any game balls in the garage or you just a sport nerd never played but sure can talk, when it gets cold out all the balls in the garage deflate basketballs, footballs, and soccer balls regardless of what wilson or any other company did

  17. It would be really interesting if the NBA played a Winter Classic outdoors like the NHL does.

  18. Bacon is 90% vitamin C. That’s science.

    I’m a Bears fan living in NE so my season was over weeks ago. That being said, I hope the Pats win another SB. I’ve said for months they will lose this game to the Jets though.

  19. By the way genius, did the Pats ball boy also deflate the Colts balls, as the also were under their original inflation. A detail the haters always seem to leave out. It’s in the Wells report.

  20. They are letting him go because he refuses to cheat and would rather win fair and square.
    It’s sad that this team will not keep an honest player.

  21. realitycheckbaby says:
    Dec 26, 2015 10:13 AM
    Heard he can’t catch inflated balls. Pats should have used him past several seasons.

    Remember this guy (realitycheckBABY) telling us how NE was going to fumble more?

    14 games into the season and NE is still near the top of the league in fewest fumbles.

  22. That surprises me. I thought he was a player. Maybe he was deficient in one of the areas the Pats require receivers to excel (e.g, blocking and special teams). Still, they have enough banged up receivers that I thought he would stick.

  23. I think it was nice of the Patriots to wait long enough that he could get an extra game check. Had they not, we’d be hearing about how evil and ruthless the Patriots are. Or maybe this is just how it works out based on ever changing needs, and fans never know the true reasons for the timing of these changes.

  24. macker1283 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 11:21 AM
    Whats the big deal? He got to meet with Ernie Adams to go over the Falcons signals and film for their 2017 matchup. Thats all that was needed.
    ————
    Sure. Because Atlanta will surely be using the same playbook, players, and signals 2 years from now.

  25. “factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 12:33 PM
    “Of course it does. Nobody said it doesn’t. What people said was that in light of all of the circumstantial evidence that it’s not a possibility that the weather caused the balls to deflate. Also, NFL footballs have a bladder inside specifically designed to combat the elements, which Wilson invested a lot of R&D resources to perfect. And…like I said, the ideal gas law is not an exact measurement, and there are far too many variables in deflategate to use it with any reliability.”

    —————————————————————

    The bladder inside the footballs, dimensions etc…. are all covered thoroughly in the Well’s report. So no…. the footballs are not immune to temperature change. In the Exponent attachment at the end of the Well’s report they have clearly charted, calculated and thermally photographed the effects of temperature on a football’s pressure.

    Again, the IGL is exact and will accurately predict the pressure drop of a football within two known temperatures.

  26. factman at it again.

    “…in light of all of the circumstantial evidence that it’s not a possibility that the weather caused the balls to deflate. Also, NFL footballs have a bladder inside specifically designed to combat the elements, which Wilson invested a lot of R&D resources to perfect. And…like I said, the ideal gas law is not an exact measurement…”

    Not even sure where to start, but here’s a question for you – you’re saying that because there was “circumstantial evidence”, nature suddenly stopped applying the effect of low temperature to Patriots footballs?

    Got it.

  27. No, I’m saying the circumstantial evidence was so overwhelming that reasonable people could rule out natural deflation. It’s pretty simple.

  28. I heard that he was having trouble learning the Pats play-book. He wouldn’t be the 1st acquisition from another team/system, whom couldn’t learn the Patriots play-book (Joey Galloway & Chad Ochocinco are just 2 examples of that . . .).

  29. williamannand says:
    Dec 26, 2015 11:31 AM
    Nice scoop by Florio.

    How the open roster spot is filled will shed light on the game plan for tomorrow.

    ****

    No need, I can tell you the game plan for tomorrow:

    1. Send practice-squadder to hotel with Brady signatures to trade for room keys.
    2. Steal play books
    3. Use drones to tape signals.
    4. Park Dorito Dink outside stadium in a floral delivery van with “The Scrambler” device.
    5. Make sure headset signals are only scrambled “intermittently” so as to ensure we get to continue using them.
    6. Don’t forget, Tom, if a defensive player so much as breathes on you, complain loudly to any official within earshot.

    Special note to Ernie: we need a receiver. See if you can have that kid from Cleveland get himself thrown off the team so we can pick him up on waivers.

    GO PATRIOTS!!

  30. Factman: did you miss the NFL telling Federal Judge Berman there was NO EVIDENCE!NONE!!!!!!
    My tire pressured dropped again this week, amazing the laws of physics don’t apply where you live , never never land!?

  31. Yes factman, it’s pretty simple. Just not the way you seem to understand it. You know, basic science and hundreds of years of irrefutable empirical evidence of the effects of temperature on all gases that can be reasonably modeled as “ideal”, such as the air we find all around us (and in footballs).

    You seem intent on believing the Patriots were guilty of doing something untoward, even if all you can point to is alleged (and very dubious) circumstantial evidence. That’s your prerogative.

    However, I do find it strange that you constantly feel the need to spout your nonsense, even on threads that have nothing to do with the deflated footballs debacle. It is getting pretty old and irritating by now. Not sure that that’s really the example you want to set for children, as you admonished the rest of us in your post.

    But whatever dude.

  32. “factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 12:33 PM
    “Of course it does. Nobody said it doesn’t. What people said was that in light of all of the circumstantial evidence that it’s not a possibility that the weather caused the balls to deflate. Also, NFL footballs have a bladder inside specifically designed to combat the elements, which Wilson invested a lot of R&D resources to perfect. And…like I said, the ideal gas law is not an exact measurement, and there are far too many variables in deflategate to use it with any reliability.”
    ###############################

    Amazing the lengths people go to convince themselves that the world is flat.
    Yeah, the LAW of PHYSICS is just an approximation = sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. Gravity is just an approximation and the moon sometimes orbits the earth.
    Sometimes during COLD winter months the air pressure in my tires actually INFLATE and INCREASE in Pressure = LMAO ROFL

    Has any Tire Manufacturer ever printed a WARNING that Tire Air Pressure may INCREASE during Cold Weather – ANY ???

    Get your FACTS STRAIGHT

  33. So, people seem to think a comparison of tires (exposed to temp fluctuations and friction for months) and basketballs ( stored in a garage for years and various humidity/temps) deflation are applicable comparisons to footballs exposed to 50 degeee temps in NE for two hours?
    LOL at you.
    Do you realize how far you’re reaching?

  34. scfp1952 says:Dec 26, 2015 4:47 PM

    I heard that he was having trouble learning the Pats play-book. He wouldn’t be the 1st acquisition from another team/system, whom couldn’t learn the Patriots play-book (Joey Galloway & Chad Ochocinco are just 2 examples of that . . .).
    ________________
    That’s my belief also. Hankerson has all the physical attributes you would want in a receiver. His hi light reels are amazing with incredible catches (similar to Aaron Dobson) … although at this time it doesn’t appear to translate to the NFL, for either of them

  35. COLD TEMPS? It was in the mid 50’s that night in New England. So if mid 50’s can make a ball drop 1-2psi what do the really cold games do to the footballs? So are we saying the below zero games the balls drop 4-5 psi?

    Not buying it Pats fans. Anyone with a brain knows this wasn’t a one game deal either.

  36. Factman: the laws of physics apply to everyone but you I guess. Pretty sad you have to keep posting LIES. Just b/c you post it doesn’t mean it’s the truth.
    Once again since you don’t seem to read others posts or anything but the headlines. There was no tampering or evidence that tampering occurred. On page 7 of his decision Judge Berman quotes in BOLD type from the Well’s report ” the UNCERTAINTY any tampering occurred”. If you bothered to read the decision you would know that.

  37. factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 4:33 PM

    No, I’m saying the circumstantial evidence was so overwhelming that reasonable people could rule out natural deflation. It’s pretty simple.
    ———————————-

    What is all of this “overwhelming” circumstantial evidence that makes people ignore science?

    If the footballs were allegedly at 12.5PSI in the locker room before the game, they were going to measure below 12.5PSI at halftime because of the temperature.

    Now if someone can tell me how you can tell if the footballs reading below 12.5PSI are due to the weather or due to someone allegedly letting air out of them, I’m all ears.

    If there were even a shred of any conversation between Jastremski, McNally, and/or Brady that mentioned anything about footballs being deflated below 12.5PSI, I could understand how someone could come to the conclusion that there was a scheme to deflate footballs below 12.5PSI. But there wasn’t even the slightest hint that Brady wanted the footballs deflated below that level.

  38. COLD TEMPS? It was in the mid 50’s that night in New England. So if mid 50’s can make a ball drop 1-2psi what do the really cold games do to the footballs? So are we saying the below zero games the balls drop 4-5 psi?

    Not buying it Pats fans. Anyone with a brain knows this wasn’t a one game deal either.
    _____________________________________

    The Colts’ balls were too low, as well. Either both teams tampered, or the laws of physics were present. Why would one of the teams that initiated this farce (Colts/Ravens) deflate their own footballs?

    That’s one thing no one from the Flat Earth Society can answer: Why were the Colts’ balls deflated? They ignore the question just like the Wells’ Report did.

    Wells and the NFL were humiliated in court and even admitted that they had no evidence of tampering. They will be humiliated again, just as those who still believe NE tampered with the footballs.

  39. Circumstantial evidence trumps science. Including tests of how much the balls would deflate in similar corcumstances. In the nfl’s testing they showed the bslls deflating by almost exactly as much as the actually did drflate, using walt andetson’s guage measurements.

    To a rational, objective person, that proves that the patriots didn’t deflate anything.

    But circumstantial evidence trumps scientific fact?

    The nfl got around this by using a different guage. Thus indicting them for deflating .5 psi. .5 psi would be obtainex by letting out 1.5% of the air in a ball. Ridiculous.

    “The ideal gas law isn’t exact so even though it, and the experiments done by the nfl corroborating it show the pats didn’t cheat, we’re just going to say theydid.”

    Brilliant stuff.

    The nfl admittedthat the tefs overinflatedballd by as much as 3 psi in their report. The obvious answer to the circumstantial evidence is that the ball boys went into the bathroom to check the psi to make sure they. Hadn’t overinflated them again.

  40. baldy55 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 5:55 PM

    COLD TEMPS? It was in the mid 50’s that night in New England. So if mid 50’s can make a ball drop 1-2psi what do the really cold games do to the footballs? So are we saying the below zero games the balls drop 4-5 psi?

    Not buying it Pats fans. Anyone with a brain knows this wasn’t a one game deal either.
    ————————————

    Well, the league is allegedly checking the footballs throughout the season. I’m sure that if there was any information that proved that the measured PSI doesn’t change over the course of a game, it would have been leaked from the rooftops by now.

  41. solo681 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 6:27 PM

    factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 5:31 PM

    So, people seem to think a comparison of tires (exposed to temp fluctuations and friction for months) and basketballs ( stored in a garage for years and various humidity/temps) deflation are applicable comparisons to footballs exposed to 50 degeee temps in NE for two hours?
    LOL at you.
    Do you realize how far you’re reaching?
    ##############################

    I don’t think you realize your expert analysis & conclusions are quite laughable – at best.

    Maybe you want to do a little scientific research on the relationship between air pressure and cold/hot temperatures and then start over.

    HINT #1 : Unusually warm today around 64 degrees. Temps will drop tonight to 30 degrees. My tires on my car, that did not move, and will not move until I check the PSI in the morning when it is 30 degrees will experience what proven scientific effect?
    A.) a decrease in PSI
    B.) a increase in PSI
    c.) neither because it’s a full moon

  42. baldy55 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 5:55 PM
    COLD TEMPS? It was in the mid 50’s that night in New England. So if mid 50’s can make a ball drop 1-2psi what do the really cold games do to the footballs? So are we saying the below zero games the balls drop 4-5 psi?

    51 degrees at kickoff. Even Wells and co acknowledged there would be deflation due to the weather conditions.

    no idea where some of you get your info but you need a new source.

  43. factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 5:31 PM

    So, people seem to think a comparison of tires (exposed to temp fluctuations and friction for months) and basketballs ( stored in a garage for years and various humidity/temps) deflation are applicable comparisons to footballs exposed to 50 degeee temps in NE for two hours?
    LOL at you.
    Do you realize how far you’re reaching?
    ———————————

    What don’t you get? The measured PSI of anything that is filled with air is going to fluctuate with the temperature. How is that not simple enough for people to understand?

    Blow up a balloon, and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours, and it is going to shrink.

  44. Well, the league is allegedly checking the footballs throughout the season. I’m sure that if there was any information that proved that the measured PSI doesn’t change over the course of a game, it would have been leaked from the rooftops by now.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The NFL will ‘ADJUST’ the numbers according to Goodell’s Ideal Parity Law. Their cooked expert analysis will be released prior to the:

    A.) AFC Championship Game should the Patriots be there
    B.) SB 50 should the Patriots be there

    C.) NFL news leak prior to Appeal Court hearings

    D.) ALL of the Above

  45. baldy55 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 5:55 PM
    COLD TEMPS? It was in the mid 50’s that night in New England. So if mid 50’s can make a ball drop 1-2psi what do the really cold games do to the footballs? So are we saying the below zero games the balls drop 4-5 psi?

    factman66 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 5:31 PM
    So, people seem to think a comparison of tires (exposed to temp fluctuations and friction for months) and basketballs ( stored in a garage for years and various humidity/temps) deflation are applicable comparisons to footballs exposed to 50 degeee temps in NE

    —-

    Both WRONG

    At the start of the game the field temp was 51 degrees not the mid 50s.
    By halftime the field temp was 42 degrees. Plus the wet snow.

    If you can’t get the simple facts correct don’t comment.

  46. ninnerfansince2012 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 6:59 PM

    Your ball boy’s nickname was “the deflator”. That was the clincher. lol.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Brady’s nickname when he plays the Colts is TERMINATOR – That was the Real DEFLATOR.

    LMAO

  47. Brady’s nickname when he plays the Colts is TERMINATOR – That was the Real DEFLATOR.

    _________________________

    I don’t care. The ball boy’s nickname is what bothers me though

  48. ninnerfansince2012 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 6:59 PM
    Your ball boy’s nickname was “the deflator”. That was the clincher. lol.

    not really. He referred to himself as the deflator a couple times out of thousands of texts. That’s part of the circumstantial evidence that added up to “more probable than not”, “generally aware”etc.
    It’s funny some of you are making the leap even the guy paid to do so (Wells) couldn’t make. I get it though Some want to believe the Pats are dirty rotten cheaters and dont need much convincing. I still think it’s all silly but that’s just the world we live in lately. Buncha babies. In and around the league I’d bet more teams and especially QBs are more pissed at the Colts over this than the Pats. Nobody likes a snitch, see: how long it took Mangini to get another crappy job lol

  49. ninnerfansince2012 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 7:26 PM

    I don’t care. The ball boy’s nickname is what bothers me though
    ———————————–

    McNally’s nickname was Bird. Not sure what would bother you about that.

    Oh, you thought his nickname was “The Deflator”?

    It wasn’t.

    Not sure how anyone doesn’t know that by now.

    BTW, what is a ninner?

  50. Why do you Pats fans justify the existence of chippy/factless/whatevertheidiot’snameisthistime by responding to the nonsensical posts that are made for no other reason than to bait you? Every hater post illustrates the unwillingness of the poster to educate themselves properly as to the contents of the long since publicly available documents that prove the fraudulence of their statements and this is someone you choose to engage?
    SMH

  51. The Pats are playoff Boyd again…. Have a first round bye & can clinch homefield advantage by winning one of there 2 remaining games…. That’s just AWESOME!!!
    Life is GOOD for the Patriots & their fans & to be honest, I don’t see that changing anytime soon & THAT is why the trolls post their gibberish rants….they know that as well & it just kills them…
    Enjoy their pain…. I sure as heck do!!!
    GO PATS!!!

  52. McNally’s nickname was Bird. Not sure what would bother you about that.

    Oh, you thought his nickname was “The Deflator”?

    It wasn’t.

    Not sure how anyone doesn’t know that by now.

    __________________________

    When he was asked why he was called the “deflator”, he said it was because he was on a “diet”. lol. You Pats fans have memory loss or something?

  53. jag1959 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 8:19 PM

    Why do you Pats fans justify the existence of chippy/factless/whatevertheidiot’snameisthistime by responding to the nonsensical posts……
    ================================

    I enjoy their posts. It is the BEST FREE LAUGHTER I have personally come across since Monte Python.

    The scary thing is that they actually BELIEVE whatever Goodell tells them.

  54. ninnerfansince2012 says:
    Dec 26, 2015 8:42 PM

    McNally’s nickname was Bird. Not sure what would bother you about that.

    Oh, you thought his nickname was “The Deflator”?

    It wasn’t.

    Not sure how anyone doesn’t know that by now.

    __________________________

    When he was asked why he was called the “deflator”, he said it was because he was on a “diet”. lol. You Pats fans have memory loss or something?
    ——————————-

    He was never asked why he was called “The Deflator”. The Patriots provided the weight loss explanation.

    The NFL itself has used the word “deflate” in reference to weight loss, so I don’t know why it seems so far-fetched to other people.

    If you actually see the word in the context it was used in the text messages, it makes sense.

    But it is easier for low information folks to make fun of it.

    Some of you bozos haven’t progressed much beyond Chris Mortensen’s tweet about 11 of 12 footballs being significantly below 12.5PSI, and that’s sad.

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