Patriots signing safety Obi Melifonwu

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The Patriots have built a reputation by picking up castoffs and finding new roles for them, and they’re trying it again with their secondary.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu is signing with New England.

Melifonwu has made the rounds since being released by Oakland in Oct. 23 (though he was waived-injured in August), taking visits with the Cowboys, Saints, and Chiefs as well.

His athleticism was what drew the Raiders to take him 56th overall in 2017, and the Patriots have often figured out how to tap into such potential.

35 responses to “Patriots signing safety Obi Melifonwu

  1. For the sake of football I hope this guy gets healthy. He is an absolutely incredible athlete. It would be a real shame to never be able to see what he can do when healthy.

  2. Patrick Chung looked terrible in Philly, the Pats made him a serviceable starter. We’ll see if Obi has any potential…

  3. jstew0103 says:
    November 5, 2018 at 11:39 am
    Could this be a sign Duke Dawson won’t be returning from IR this season?
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    Well Obi is a safety and Duke is a corner (not that this stops BB moving him) but BB was also talking about how Duke was back to practicing and getting defensive reps (and he’s been staying around the locker and classroom, and working for the scout team). So sounds close to a return. Another point of note for any London-game haters out there is that Obi’s yet another Londoner.

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    At 6’4″ and 225 lbs he’s reminiscent of Kam Chancellor. If he added 30 lbs in the offseason, he could make it at linebacker.
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  5. r8rsfan
    Nov 5, 2018, 12:10 PM EST
    Had he been going from NE to OAK the narrative would be completely different.

    Of course it would be. One team is a perennial Super Bowl contender that’s still in the midst of the greatest run in NFL history with a coach that has proven time and time again that he can get the most out of players. The other is a team on the down turn that has one of the worst rosters in all of football and a coach that loves giving away their best players. Teams that are successful over a sustained period of time tend to get the benefit of the doubt

  6. James Clark says:
    November 5, 2018 at 11:54 am
    Patrick Chung looked terrible in Philly, the Pats made him a serviceable starter. We’ll see if Obi has any potential…

    6 4 Rate This

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    servIceable? heis the best rover in the league!

  7. 6ball says:
    November 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    At 6’4″ and 225 lbs he’s reminiscent of Kam Chancellor. If he added 30 lbs in the offseason, he could make it at linebacker.
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    willbe used as an lb, yes

  8. Angel Valle says:
    November 5, 2018 at 11:45 am
    The kid has tools if he works hard the pats will find a spot to maximize said tools.
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    That’s the whole deal with him, IF he works hard.

    I wish the Pats well, hopefully the light comes on for this guy because he’s shown no desire to be a football player as of yet.

  9. Chung, Harmon, and DMcCourty are all over 30. So getting young at the safety position was clearly a priority this off season. I don’t know if Obi will make much of a contribution this off season, but it won’t hurt to have him with the team the rest of this season before moving into a full off season with the team. Based on his athletic ability, this could be home run….or not. Seems like a reasonable risk. Maybe he can play RB. 😉

    The Pats currently have 11 draft picks next spring. 6 in the first 3 rounds. Alas most of these will be at the end of each round, but what else is new. The signing of Obi will mean at least one of those picks will no longer be needed at S/

  10. Gruden the self-imagined “coaching genius” cut Cordarrelle Patterson in the offseason for no logical reason despite the fact that he excelled on ST’s and in certain offensive scenarios for the Raiders in 2017. He was picked up by a one of the all-time greatest HC’s in Belichick and he’s excelling in New England this year.

    Melifonwu was a disappointment with the Raiders but in fairness he played under a horrible DC in Norton in 2017 and the Raiders have been thoroughly wrecked by Gruden this year. If Belichick sees something in him, then I wouldn’t be surprised if he works out in New England too.

    The way that Belichick’s Pats successfully turn around rejects from bad teams into contributors actually reminds me of the way my Raiders used to be in the 60s/70s/80s when Al Davis was in his prime and was famous for his “reclammation projects”.

  11. araidersfan, over his career Al Davis also had a full complement of Heisman Trophy winners sitting on the bench at one time or another. Eleven total, and three together at one period – Bo Jackson, Marcus Allen and Tim Brown. We never felt sorry for him, even when three of them weren’t around long enough to have a cup of coffee… but not those three obviously.

  12. His time with the Raiders really comes down to 1 thing – he was never available due to injury. I don’t think anyone really knows what the Raiders had in Obi. Raiders got virtually nothing in return on their investment. And if he’s lacking in desire to play I think his new coach will pick up on it pretty quickly and have very little tolerance.

  13. 6ball says:
    November 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    At 6’4″ and 225 lbs he’s reminiscent of Kam Chancellor. If he added 30 lbs in the offseason, he could make it at linebacker.

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    Very possible, because in football, players move forward not backward. By that I mean, D-lineman don’t move backwards and become linebackers, and linebackers don’t move back and become corners and safeties. They lack the speed and athleticism. I watched this as kids mature into young adults from high school through college etc. Safeties move up to LB and LB’s move up to the d-line. 6’4″ is awfully big for a safety. He’d have to add a lot of weight to be an LB in the Pat’s defense, however….the Patriots do not have a good pass cover linebacker, and since they did not acquire one at the trade deadline, this may be the stop gap solution/experiment. More will be revealed…

  14. patsifurnotcheetinurnottryin says:
    November 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    Yup they have those Patriot ways of getting the best out of him

    Like when they cheat by using a WR in a RB spot? That’s not fair!

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