Special Sub-Topic: Patriots Out of Position
|This player, principally a defensive tackle, filled in as fullback on several goal-line occasions during his three seasons in New England, and even had a few carries, none of which resulted in touchdowns. Playing for the Colts in the 2006 AFC Championship Game, he caught a touchdown pass against the Patriots while filling in as fullback. Who is he?|
Dan Klecko. Klecko's times at fullback were most evident during his rookie season, when he was a blocker on five of the Patriots' nine rushing touchdowns. In 2006, Klecko's first season as a Colt, he had one receiving touchdown in the regular season to go along with his later TD against the Patriots in the playoffs.
|When he was with the Patriots, this defensive lineman also filled in at fullback in several goal-line situations. However, he has not done so since a 2005 injury. This former first-round draft pick has been often called one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. Who is this?|
Richard Seymour. Seymour played for New England for eight seasons before his 2009 trade to the Oakland Raiders. As a defensive lineman, he was elected to five straight Pro Bowls, but as a fullback, he served as a formidable blocker.
|This linebacker who wore #51 earned two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots in his four years with the team, but also filled in as a safety in some defensive packages. In 2008, he left his job as a Patriots assistant coach to enter the ministry. Who is he?|
Don Davis. Davis played the last four seasons of his 11-year career with New England. After his retirement in 2007, he became an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the team, before resigning the next year to become a minister. However, he remained with the Patriots as a team chaplain.
|In December 2005, in a game against the Buccaneers, which offensive lineman caught his first NFL touchdown pass after lining up as an eligible tight end?|
Tom Ashworth. Ashworth's touchdown reception, coming in a 28-0 victory, made him the record-setting 12th receiver that Tom Brady had thrown a TD pass to that season.
|This all-purpose wide receiver, considered one of the best in Patriots history, could even play defense, stepping in to aid an injury-plagued secondary in 2004. As a cornerback, he had the team's second-highest total of interceptions that season with three. Who is this player?|
Troy Brown. Brown, who retired in 2008 as the Patriots all-time receptions leader, contributed on all three sides of the ball in his first game as cornerback. Against the St. Louis Rams, he had three receptions from Tom Brady, recorded three passes defended, and caught a touchdown pass from kicker Adam Vinatieri on a fake field goal. That season, Brown proved to be a more than an adequate defensive back, filling in after injuries to cornerbacks Tyrone Poole and Ty Law.
|In most of his seven years with the Patriots, which offensive lineman served as a blocking fullback and tight end in short-yardage situations, before being traded to Denver in 2009?|
Russ Hochstein. Hochstein served as a blocking fullback very often, and was not solely used for goal-line situations. In his New England career, he started two games at fullback and one at tight end.
One of the other choices, Le Kevin Smith, was also traded to the Broncos in 2009. However, he was a defensive lineman and never served as a blocking fullback.
|This linebacker was a fixture on both sides of the ball during his eight years in New England, often serving as a tight end in goal-line formations. Who was this player that caught 10 touchdowns as a Patriot?|
Mike Vrabel. Up until 2008, Vrabel's last season in New England, whenever the Patriots had the ball near the goal line, it was almost certain that the words "Number 50 has reported as eligible" would come from the loudspeakers. All of Vrabel's touchdowns were either 1- or 2-yard receptions, and two of them came in Super Bowls (one each in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX).
|In the final regular season game of the 2005 season, who was the Patriots quarterback who drop-kicked an extra point?|
Doug Flutie. Flutie had returned to the Patriots for the 2005 season, having last played for them in 1989. The drop-kick against the Miami Dolphins was the first successful drop-kick in the NFL since 1941, and was the last point of Flutie's career, as he retired after the season.
|A popular defensive strategy in the NFL is to use a wide receiver as a "goalie" (a defensive back who starts the play near the goal line) whenever a Hail Mary pass is expected, usually as at the end of a half. In October 2009, which Patriots wide receiver recorded his first interception while playing the "goalie" on a Hail Mary?|
Randy Moss. While he played for the Patriots, Moss often was the "goalie" when defending Hail Mary passes, and recorded his first career interception on the pass from Kyle Orton, closing out the first half.
|In this wide receiver's rookie season in New England, he caught 37 passes and averaged just under 10 yards per reception. However, in college he played quarterback, and the Patriots had used him in that role a few times. Who is he?|
Julian Edelman. Edelman's use in the NFL as a quarterback has been limited, but in 2009, he filled in admirably as a slot receiver, and caught 10 passes in the final regular season game that year.
One of the other choices, Isaiah Stanback, is another out-of-position player, having been signed by New England as a quarterback midway through the 2009 season, but used as a wide receiver. He caught three passes with the team and was waived before the 2010 season.
|Against the Colts in 2010, which cornerback took a three-point stance, lining up as an outside linebacker for the first time in his career?|
Kyle Arrington. As a linebacker, Arrington was matched up against Colts tackle Ryan Diem. Arrington did not record a sack, but was able to pressure Colts quarterback Peyton Manning at times.
After the game, safety James Sanders said, "At first, we were thinking 'I hope they don't check to run plays and try to run through Kyle', but he did a good job of getting to Peyton a few times."
|This Patriots offensive lineman was the principal blocking fullback in short-yardage scenarios during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, during part of which he was also the starting right guard. Who is this player?|
Dan Connolly. Connolly began serving as a blocking fullback after Russ Hochstein, the team's previous OL/FB who was traded to Denver.
|This Patriot wide receiver principally used on special teams, was originally drafted as a safety. He played that position occasionally, even starting there during preseason games. Who is he?|
Matthew Slater. Drafted in 2008, Slater has served mainly on the kickoff team, and was the kick returner for part of the 2008 season. Slater began his college career as a wide receiver but later switched to defense.
One of the other choices, Bam Childress, is another out-of-position player. He spent three years with the Patriots both on and off the practice squad, and served as a wide receiver and cornerback before he joined the Eagles in 2008.
|Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, which tight end played on defense for the first time in his NFL career, filling in as goalie on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half?|
Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez, a rookie, had led the team in receiving yards and was second in receptions at the midway point of the 2010 season. In the very next game, he recorded his first pass defensed, knocking Ben Roethlisberger's Hail Mary down.
|In 2010, this wide receiver was called on to kick an extra point in a game after Stephen Gostkowski went down. The player had not kicked in a game since 2004, when he was playing against the Patriots. Who is he?|
Wes Welker. In the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns, Welker kicked the extra point after an Aaron Hernandez touchdown, and also handled the succeeding kickoff. The last time Welker had kicked in a game was in 2004 as a Miami Dolphin, in which he handled all aspects of the kicking game, making his only field goal and extra point attempts.
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