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Matt Slater | Wide Receiver

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: UCLA
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Patriots signed WR Matthew Slater to a two-year, $4 million contract extension through 2016.
Slater, 29, was set to become a free agent following the season. The premier kick coverer in the league, Slater doesn't play offense whatsoever. Slater has gone to three consecutive Pro Bowls, and will likely head to another in February. Slater leads the league with 11 special teams tackles. Nov 26 - 9:13 AM

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Patriots WR Matt Slater is a candidate for a contract extension.

28-year-old Slater is due $1.2 million in the final year of his contract. He has just one catch in 72 career games, but made the Pro Bowl on special teams in each of the last three seasons. Slater could be extended before the start of training camp. He shouldn't require much in the way of guaranteed money.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 5 - 5:33 PM

Patriots WR Matt Slater has been diagnosed with a fractured wrist and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

Slater doesn't play on offense, but he's the special teams captain. The Patriots have already used their short-term injured reserve spot on Shane Vereen; he has a broken wrist of his own. Slater is a "glue" player for the Patriots.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 07:46:00 PM

ESPN Boston believes WR Matt Slater is a better bet to crack the Patriots' 53 than Jabar Gaffney.

Of Slater, Gaffney, Deion Branch and Julian Edelman, beat writer Mike Reiss believes Slater is the "No. 1 lock" because of his special teams prowess. Reiss believes Gaffney and Edelman will earn roster spots, as well. Reiss has Branch as one of the odd-men-out of New England's receiver crunch.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, May 26, 2012 12:21:00 PM

Patriots re-signed WR Matt Slater.

The special teams ace and team captain was a priority signing for the Patriots. While he's irrelevant in fantasy circles with just one catch in 59 career games, Slater is a "glue" player in New England.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 03:16:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss expects re-signing free agent WR Matt Slater to be a "top priority" for the Patriots.

The Patriots' special teams captain, Slater also some time at safety in 2011 in addition to his limited snaps on offense. He has one catch in 59 career games. Whatever team or role he ends up with in 2012, he won't be fantasy relevant.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 09:25:00 AM

Patriots WR Matt Slater started at safety and played 70-of-73 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Colts.

Slater did play a little safety at UCLA and has spent some time there as a rookie, so this one isn't completely out of left field. He racked up seven tackles and forced a fumble. The Patriots' pass defense is ranked dead last in the league.
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 11:59:00 AM

Patriots ST/WR Matt Slater left Sunday's game against the Chargers in the second quarter with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

Slater is one of the many super-versatile players on the Patriots. He's a core special teamer and can also play some in the secondary.
Sun, Oct 24, 2010 05:45:00 PM

Patriots KR/DB/WR Matt Slater is working solely at safety this offseason.

The Pats are stacked at both safety and wide receiver, so Slater and fellow jack-of-all-trades Ray Ventrone will have to earn their roster spots as special teamers.
Mon, Jun 8, 2009 10:18:00 AM

Patriots signed fifth-round WR/DB/KR Matt Slater to a four-year contract.

The Pats traded up in the draft to select Slater, who was considered one of the best special team players available. He has been working at both safety and receiver in camp, but is unlikely to ever approach the fantasy radar.
Sat, Jun 14, 2008 09:20:00 AM

Rookie WR/DB/KR Matt Slater has been working mostly with the defense the past couple of days.

His most immediate impact will likely be using his explosive speed to help the return game, but Jackie's son is already sporting the versatility that spurred the Pats to trade up to get him in the fifth round.
Sat, May 3, 2008 12:44:00 PM

Fifth-round pick Matt Slater will probably try to make the Patriots as a return specialist.

He would also add value on their coverage units. Slater has played wideout, cornerback, and safety in college, but the Patriots are likely hoping he can be their first true return specialist in a few years since their kickoff man in 2007 was starting corner Ellis Hobbs.
Mon, Apr 28, 2008 10:12:00 AM

Patriots selected Matt Slater out of UCLA with the No. 153 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The son of Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, Matt was not on many draftnik radars because he is almost solely a special teams prospect. He played safety and wide receiver at UCLA. The Pats announced him as a wideout.
Sun, Apr 27, 2008 02:37:00 PM

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QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2LeGarrette Blount
3Jonas Gray
4Brandon Bolden
5James White
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
4Steve Maneri
K1Stephen Gostkowski