Mark Blaudschun reports it didn't take Jonathan Fanene long to feel he was in the right place at the right time.
“When I first got the call from Bill [Belichick], I was very excited,’’ he said. “I wanted to come here.’’
“I guess they saw a need and felt I could fill it,’’ said the new Patriot with a smile Tuesday after a workout that has been part of his routine since agreeing in March to a three-year, $12 million deal as a free agent. “There’s a lot of good things here. I want to be part of a good thing.’’
“I see guys focused more, and not just the workout, but in everything we do here,’’ he said. “It’s more of a team effort. Guys welcome me inside the locker room. It’s just hard-working, do-the-job type of atmosphere.’’
“They see some things they like on film, so they brought me here for a reason,’’ he said. “So I will just do the best I can. If they tell me to play nose, I will play nose. If they tell me play outside, I will play outside, special teams.’’
Christopher Price fires us up with a description of Nate Ebner's work ethic from Ohio State defensive coordinator Paul Haynes who coached him.
“He’s an unbelievable worker. His work ethic is out of this world. He has a passion to be great, and once he gets his mind stuck on doing something, he’ll do it.”
He walked on at Ohio State, and eventually earned a scholarship. His gonzo style and devil-may-care approach (Pro Football Weekly described him as a player who “races down the field like a bat out of hell and hunts returners like a heat-seeking missile”) earned him the respect and admiration of his teammates.
"He was the most valuable guy we had on the team, besides the quarterback, because he made so many plays for us on special teams that we just came to bank on the fact that he was going to make the play every single time,” Haynes said of the 6-foot, 205-pounder. “We knew that if he was out there on the coverage team, he would make the play. He would make the block to get the guy free. Whatever it took.
“The only reason Nate didn’t play more safety was a little lack of overall football knowledge. But when it comes to playing the game, I’d trust him out there with my life because I know he makes my team better,” Haynes added. “No one was more dedicated. Trust was never an issue -- he was going to get the job done.”
- Patriots 2012 Draft Notes.
- Erik Scalavino tackles the Ask PFW mailbag: Post-draft assessments.
- Patriots Today - Fortifying the front seven. (3.10 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Checking in with Trevor Scott. (3.45 min. video)
- Player Interview: Jonathan Fanene. (9.57 min. audio)
- PFW in Progress - The PFW crew recaps the draft. (2 hour program)
- PFW in Progress: Trevor Scott interview. (13.45 min.)
- Jeff Howe notes how quickly a spygate reference can elevate toward a dominant storyline.
- Shalise Manza Young reports that spygate, the story that apparently won't ever die, was back in the headlines thanks to one comment, one retraction, and one mea culpa.
- Mike Reiss reports Ravens coach John Harbaugh issues a statement following his misconstrued comments about the Patriots and spygate.
- Michael Felger thinks bitter John Harbaugh knew exactly what he was saying when he said it. (3.03 min. video)
- Jeff Howe thinks the Patriots should reunite with Jabar Gaffney to intensify Training Camp competition among wide receivers.
- Jeff Howe says Fanene has built a reputation as a strong, hard-nosed player with a terrific work ethic that's sure to make him popular in NE.
- Field Yates & Mike Rodak share some soundbites from Jonathan Fanene's Q&A with the media.
- Jeff Howe reports Jonathan Fanene credits Chad Ochocinco with his acclimation to the Patriots' way of life.
- Jimmy Toscano writes Jonathan Fanene's American Samoan heritage is key to his NFL success.
- Field Yates highlights Dont'a Hightower's segment with Mike Florio on PFT Live.
- Jim Donaldson says Hightower looks like a pick who could contribute right away.
- Mike Reiss answers his weekly reader mailbag: Second-guessing Bill Belichick.
- Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: John Harbaugh puts asterisks on the Patriots SB wins - and then takes them off; Eric Mangini regrets his decision to out the Pats; DL Jonathan Fanene has aleady picked up some of the differences between being a Patriot and being a Bengal; Fanene is willing to play whatever role the Patriots assign to him.
- Ricky Doyle posts some pics and a video of a fan's awesome Patriots tattoos with scenes involving Brady, Belichick, Welker and Bruschi as legos.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Hightower prefers to stay inside, but will play wherever Pats want.
- Boys Town, Neb. (AP) Amukamara says Dennard will pan out for Patriots.
- Scott Wright (draftcountdown.com) The 2012 Draft: Picture Analysis 2012 NFL Draft. Pretty funny.
- Nate Davis (USA Today) Winners and losers left in wake of 2012 NFL draft. Patriots in the winners column.
- Staff Report (Nat'l Football Post) NFP Draft Grades: AFC. Patriots earn a B.
- Nate Davis (USA Today) Ranking NFL teams' 2012 drafts 1-32. Patriots: Loved it.
- Tedy Bruschi (ESPN) Praise for the Pats' offseason. (1 min. video)
- James Walker (ESPN) Power Rankings: AFC East struggling.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) John Harbaugh: Patriots earned those championships.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Eric Mangini regrets turning in the Patriots over spygate.
- James Walker (ESPN) Patriots must win title to fully erase spygate.
- NFL Live (ESPN) Tedy Bruschi & Eric Mangini discuss John Harbaugh's comments about the Patriots and the need to defend oneself. /Awkward.
- Richard Deitsch (SI) ESPN, NFLN take different approaches in broadcasting draft.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) A loose standard emerges for tipping picks.
- Peter King (SI) MMQB Tuesday Edition - RG3 will have a greater rookie-year impact than Luck; Mail.
- Gregg Easterbrook (ESPN) Cornerbacks a premium in NFL Draft.
- Gary Mihces (USA Today) Changes ahead for NFL draft picks in weather and eats.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Louisiana State Police to review eavesdropping case by end of week.