Matthew Slater: Patriots free agency spending was exciting but doesn’t guarantee success

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The New England Patriots made several additions to their roster through free agency this offseason in an attempt to course-correct from a down season after the departure of Tom Brady.

Matthew Slater, the longest-tenured member of the Patriots, is encouraged by the additions to the team this spring but knows that opening the checkbook isn’t a guarantee of on-field success.

Well, you know, it was an exciting time because I think we acquired some fantastic football players, but more importantly we got some great men that are going to be great assets to our locker room,” Slater said, via Sean T. McGuire of NESN.com. “But I understand just as well as anyone else that spending money doesn’t equal results.

The Patriots added tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, pass rusher Matthew Judon, linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Raekwon McMillan, defensive linemen Davon Godchaux and Henry Anderson and cornerbacks Jordan Mills as part of their roster overhaul. They also re-signed defensive end Deatrich Wise and center David Andrews.

Owner Robert Kraft said of the spending spree in March that they had the cap space to use and needs to address and so they utilized it to patch their holes. Slater said it’s now on the players to bring it all together and make that spending successful.

“For us, it’s going to be about coming together, executing, respecting the process of trying to get better, of trying to work with one another, and winning each and every day,” Slater said. “So it is exciting, to an extent. But excitement only gets you so far. At some point you have to go out there and work and earn it and prove it.”

4 responses to “Matthew Slater: Patriots free agency spending was exciting but doesn’t guarantee success

  1. Slater is not only a great player, he’s a thoughtful leader. He said earlier this week there will never be another Julian Edelman and stressed the respect he had for Jules as a player and a person.

    There’s been a lot of talk about the QB position, additions to the offense and defense, but Belichick always concentrates on special teams. Those signings almost always go under the radar. If the Patriots return to competing for a championship special teams play will be essential.

    Slater, Bethel, Bailey, Olszewski and Folk were all special last year. Bill missed on the placekicker he drafted but he filled the hole nicely. Bailey, who beat out a super bowl hero, is arguably now the NFL’s best punter. Bethel was a great signing and is an under the radar key player. Signings like Philips added depth. Slater may be the best special teams player in NFL history.

  2. A little disconcerting that our number one team spokesman is a special teamer.

    Not to take anything away from future HOFer Matt Slater, rather it is a tribute to him.

    But at the same time, I’m used to Team leaders from the primary phases of football like Nelson, Grogan, Hannah, Bledsoe, Troy Brown, Milloy, Bruschi, Law, Brady, Mankins, Mayo, McCourty, etc.

  3. Well, Cam is living proof that that’s not the case…. He proved NOTHING last year ( except he can’t throw a good ball if his life depends on it) & Bill brought him back as the projected starter….all these new offensive additions are great but basically useless is Cam is the QB….NO TEAM will fear the pass & to be honest I can’t blame them….

  4. tigerlilac says:
    June 15, 2021 at 7:03 am
    Slater is not only a great player, he’s a thoughtful leader. He said earlier this week there will never be another Julian Edelman and stressed the respect he had for Jules as a player and a person.

    There’s been a lot of talk about the QB position, additions to the offense and defense, but Belichick always concentrates on special teams. Those signings almost always go under the radar. If the Patriots return to competing for a championship special teams play will be essential.

    Slater, Bethel, Bailey, Olszewski and Folk were all special last year. Bill missed on the placekicker he drafted but he filled the hole nicely. Bailey, who beat out a super bowl hero, is arguably now the NFL’s best punter. Bethel was a great signing and is an under the radar key player. Signings like Philips added depth. Slater may be the best special teams player in NFL history.

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    Again, spot on.

    The Jordan Richards for Justin Bethel swap was epic. BB fleeced Baltimore there.

    Why Baltimore let Bethel go can only be attributed to their recent cap hells.

    It’s the small details that matter. The Pats D and STs won 95% of the games the last 2 seasons, mainly the STs last year. Just give this team a solid offense, and they’ll win 11 games on that alone.

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