Elandon Roberts becomes the latest Patriots two-way player

AP

The Patriots have a rich history of using defensive players on offense, and offensive players on defense. On Monday night, linebacker Elandon Roberts became the latest Patriots two-way player.

With two fullbacks lost to season-ending injuries, Roberts lined up at the position on several occasions during Monday night’s 33-0 win over the Jets.

“[W]e’ve practiced against Elandon for a number of years,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters on Tuesday. “James Develin and he have had some legendary battles in nine-on-seven in training camp and those kind of things. [Roberts] is obviously one of the toughest guys we’ve got. He’s kind of built low to the ground. He’s kind of got that natural leverage that you need, either as a guy that takes on blocks or a guy that makes blocks.”

So how did Roberts do with his double duty?

“I thought he went in there and did a decent job,” McDaniels said. “It’s always exciting to have one of those guys go in our huddle and operate and fit in well. Elandon’s a great teammate, very unselfish. That’s why he’s a captain and plays his role to the best of his ability every week. It was good to have him in there.”

The Patriots typically have no hesitation to use guys out of position.

“We’ve obviously done this before,” McDaniels said. “We’ve had some experience with defensive players playing somewhat of a role on offense, whether it be tight end, fullback, etc., going back to [Mike] Vrabel and [Richard] Seymour and [Junior] Seau and Dan Klecko and guys like that. So we just worked him in there in some of those roles. Multiple guys are ready to go in some of those things.”

That’s the Patriot Way, where doing your job includes being ready to do someone else’s job on short notice, too. For coaches, doing their job includes getting players ready to play out of position.

“In terms of coaching those kind of players, you’ve just got to find a few minutes here and there, a few windows during the course of the week, in the day, to share a guy here or there if they need him on the opposite side of the ball,” McDaniels said. “You’ve obviously seen us play with Troy Brown on defense or Julian [Edelman] at nickelback. Those kind of things have happened in the past, too. So, there’s a sharing that goes on during the course of the meetings and then practice and just trying to do the things you need to do to make sure that the player is prepared to do the role that you’re asking him to do on game day.”

The Patriots do it as well as anyone, which give them a way to get the most out of a 53-man roster.

26 responses to “Elandon Roberts becomes the latest Patriots two-way player

  1. McDaniels said. “You’ve obviously seen us play with Troy Brown on defense or Julian [Edelman] at nickelback. Those kind of things have happened in the past, too.

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    Or Gronk playing deep safety…making Kenyan Drake a household name.

  2. The best two way player in the sports is Bill Belichick. Best coach and GM in competitive sports.

  3. 3 way Klecko always liked him. Not many modern players were on the field in all 3 phases.

    Troy Brown with 3 INTs as a corner including one from his old buddy Bledsoe lolz.

    Vrabel had something like 7 or 8 TDs as a TE.

    All good moments for Pats fans.

  4. “Or Gronk playing deep safety…making Kenyan Drake a household name.”

    Yet the Pats still got to and won the Super Bowl so the “Miami miracle” ended up meaning nothing.

  5. sigbouncer says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Or Gronk playing deep safety…making Kenyan Drake a household name.
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    A household name? Where?

    For the Dolphins this play will represent their peak during the 2010s; in NE it will be a forgotten meaningless play in a regular season game in which they ended up winning the SB.

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    “Or Gronk playing deep safety…making Kenyan Drake a household name.”

    Yet the Pats still got to and won the Super Bowl so the “Miami miracle” ended up meaning nothing.

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    It means Belichick won’t be lining up a 6’7″ 270lb slow moving tight end at deep safety anytime soon in the name of height-pass knock down. You know Belichick felt like a real dumb— for that move.

  7. I suspect the players really enjoy it – keeping their interest fresh, especially some of the depth guys like the backup center getting a chance to barrel into some of the opposing defenses.

  8. mralf2014 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm
    Can do whatever when your schedule is all terrible teams

    Maybe you can cry a little more.

    Or check how the NFL makes the schedules.

    You know, since you are on the internet

  9. I like how the “best” insult is about a play that did not work out for the Pats on the way to WINNING THE SUPERBOWL that very same season. Nice self-own Dophin fan.

  10. sigbouncer says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    McDaniels said. “You’ve obviously seen us play with Troy Brown on defense or Julian [Edelman] at nickelback. Those kind of things have happened in the past, too.

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    Or Gronk playing deep safety…making Kenyan Drake a household name.

    10 46 Rate This

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    LOL!

    NE won the SB last year. Your team hasn’t sniffed one in 35 years and when they did in January 1985, got completely blown out.

    Seek medical help. No one cares about a regular season game loss, regardless of how it happened. It had no bearing on NE’s title goals.

    Wow.

    Whatever gets you excited in those pink and teal colored uniforms!

  11. factschecker says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    The best two way player in the sports is Bill Belichick. Best coach and GM in competitive sports.

    26 0 Rate This

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    The fact he/Caserio haven’t been handed the Exec of the Year award on probably 5 different occasions since their last one in 2003 with BB having Pioli as his administrator, is the most ridiculous thing known to man.

    When they read off his resume at the HOF people will wonder how the greatest GM in sports history only won 2 Exec of the Year awards over a 20+ year period.

    The media knows they can’t bash his coaching, so they play semantics over inferior GMs getting the Exec of the Year award instead.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Your team hasn’t sniffed one in 35 years and when they did in January 1985, got completely blown out.

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    Not relevant to the topic at hand. But I’ll correct you a couple more times.
    We beat Washington 38-9 in the ’85 Super Bowl and last played in the 2003 Super Bowl.

    3-2 record in Super Bowls.
    And have competed in Super Bowls in 4 of 6 decades which is more than your Patriots can say. We didn’t have to wait 36 years to win our first SB, we won our first in 11.

  13. “Genius Move!”

    Don’t you ever get tired of humiliating yourself with the drivel you post? You’re so ashamed of the team you cheer for you won’t indicate it in your handle, and yet instead of being angry at the terrible cheap owners who put out terrible products, all you do is wait with baiting breath for another Pats article to embarrass yourself on.

    I feel sorry for you.

  14. Maybe that’s why Darnold was seeing ghosts! That seeing ghost quote will go down in history for the irrelevant Jets!

  15. sigbouncer says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    harrisonhits2 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    “Or Gronk playing deep safety…making Kenyan Drake a household name.”

    Yet the Pats still got to and won the Super Bowl so the “Miami miracle” ended up meaning nothing.

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    It means Belichick won’t be lining up a 6’7″ 270lb slow moving tight end at deep safety anytime soon in the name of height-pass knock down. You know Belichick felt like a real dumb— for that move.
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    I mean it took laterals from Stills and Parker before Drake even got involved. While I agree with you, I highly doubt even the Dolphins fully scripted a 3 lateral play to get it in the end zone. Palying against the deep ball and containing was the right call. It was a player execution break down not a bad decision.

  16. Roberts is one of the “terrible” defensive players specifically listed by boston globe hack and football expert ben violin when he declared them dead late last year after the pittsburg loss.

  17. fireroger says:
    October 22, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I mean it took laterals from Stills and Parker before Drake even got involved. While I agree with you, I highly doubt even the Dolphins fully scripted a 3 lateral play to get it in the end zone. Palying against the deep ball and containing was the right call. It was a player execution break down not a bad decision.

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    I believe Drake and Gase (or maybe it was Stills) said post game it actually was a scripted last play that they had practiced running before. Gronk was not moving all that good the early part of last year. Gronk finally sat out with back and ankle injuries a few games later after gutting it out early on (Edelman suspension). Including in that Dolphins game. So for my money the blame has to lie with Belichick-Flores for even having him out there. Remember, Devin McCourty was on the bench. Gronk took his place.

  18. sigbouncer says:
    October 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    3-2 record in Super Bowls.
    And have competed in Super Bowls in 4 of 6 decades which is more than your Patriots can say. We didn’t have to wait 36 years to win our first SB, we won our first in 11.
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    As a Patriot fan I concede that you guys were better than us during the Nixon administration.

  19. carloswlassiter says:
    October 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    sigbouncer says:
    October 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    3-2 record in Super Bowls.
    And have competed in Super Bowls in 4 of 6 decades which is more than your Patriots can say. We didn’t have to wait 36 years to win our first SB, we won our first in 11.
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    As a Patriot fan I concede that you guys were better than us during the Nixon administration.

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    Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, GH Bush and Clinton administrations. FTFY

    JUST WIN BABY
    COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
    RAIDERNATION

  20. Has anyone else noticed that the former players the Pats have used “two-way” tend to become coaches as well?
    Vrable, Brown, Mayo just off the top of my head.

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