Patriots 2009 undrafted free agents

And you thought it was over... Silly, silly Patriots fan. ;-)  One day after the draft, Belichick and crew are working their magic to yank in more players.  Some (most?) could be training camp fodder - just more meat to bang around - but they're needed, right?

Leading off is Kentucky Safety Marcus McClinton.  Jimmy Trodglen, Leaf Chronicle Newspaper reporter, tells us:

McClinton was in Lexington, Ky. over the weekend taking in Saturday's UK spring football game. He had a strong showing in the NFL Combine and the UK Pro Day, and had spoken with 22 of the league's teams leading up to the draft. If he makes the cut, McClinton would be the first player from the Fort Campbell/Clarksville area to play for an NFL team since Harry Galbreath played into the late '90s, owning stops with the Dolphins, Jets and Packers.


via, That would be Marcus saying, "Hello!"


Was arrested in 2007 and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after an incident involving the use of household products to make crude bombs...Solid all-around prospect with decent measurables who has the ability to contribute as a backup in the pros.

Oh boy.  Bombs?  Maybe he belongs on the special forces safety.  That's it, we'll put him at safety.  Who knows.  Why we'd pickup a late round/FA is beyond me unless we need some training camp fodder or special teamers.

Next up: LB Antonio Appelby.  Big and fast (6-3 245 lbs, 4.67) he lacks the physical skills, but seems to know when it counts.  Apparently, he improved his draft stock with excellent workouts.


via, That's the Antonio "mean face" says:

Was a three-year starter for the Cavaliers...Played immediately as a backup in every game as a true freshman in 2005...Helped his draft stock by working out much better than expected...Played inside in a 3-4 scheme at Virginia and that will be his optimal fit at the next level.

Antonio is vying for a spot at ILB.  Luckily, the program is run by a former Patriots coach and the 3-4 should be familiar to Appelby.  Again, more training camp muscle to play with, but who knows what the kid can do.  Belichick has the answers.  Hopefully, we all learn how to spell his last name (is it "le" or "el"?).


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