Patriots, Dolphins assigned players from international pathway program

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The Bills announced on Monday that they’ve been assigned British rugby player Christian Wade as part of the NFL’s international pathway program to get players from outside the United States experience in professional football.

All four AFC East teams will be getting a 91st spot on their offseason roster to make room for such a player. The identities of the players joining the Dolphins and Patriots have now come to light as well.

The Dolphins will have Brazilian native Durval Neto working with their defensive line. Highlights of Neto against Brazilian competition can be found here and he said, via the Palm Beach Post, that he’s inspired by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

The Patriots will have prospective tight end Jakob Johnson with them this offseason. Johnson played for Stuttgart in the German League and played at the University of Tennessee.

12 responses to “Patriots, Dolphins assigned players from international pathway program

  1. Jakob Johnson is a versatile beast – 6’5”, 285lbs, DL/OL/TE/ST – Belichick will probably enjoy.

  2. Talent comes from all over hell Nate Ebner was a rugby player. The AFC East is starting to get into the swing of things. Good we want the competition.

  3. Some of the best football players in the world aren’t even from the United States. Belichick may have just found a pot of gold with this signing. I read somewhere that he was born in Stuttgart, Germany but attended Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

  4. BuckyBadger says: Found this to be cheaper than NFL Europe.
    askeddie11 says: So naturally the PATS get the most NFL ready guy…
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    Chill out dudes. Firstly, NFL Europe was mostly about getting experience for American players (each team only had 6 or 7 non-Americans). And secondly, this isn’t some fiendishly clever scheme to give the Patriots the next Gronk! These guys would otherwise become undrafted but are now getting a free ticket onto an offseason roster, and are probably at best aiming to show enough potential to earn a Practice Squad spot.

  5. FootballSeasonRules says:
    April 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    Some of the best football players in the world aren’t even from the United States. Belichick may have just found a pot of gold with this signing. I read somewhere that he was born in Stuttgart, Germany but attended Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
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    Sebastian Vollmer was born and raised in Germany too. He was recruited as a tight end at something like 250-260 pounds, but added the weight to get to 320 to play OL. Of course he was 6’8″. Maybe this guy could add 15-25 lbs.

  6. I was wondering why in an earlier article only Buffalo received an assignment! What about the Jets now?

  7. Special teamer and not much of a tight end. Career best game for receiving yards was 13.

  8. PATS better not put Johnson on their practice squad because the Miami Patriots will try to poach him.

  9. You got that right. Miami will go after any player that they can from NE, and why not, they didn’t win the SB with second rate players. Bill

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