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Matthew Slater | Wide Receiver | #18

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (153) / NE
Contract: view contract details

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Patriots signed ST/WR Matthew Slater to a one-year, $1.8 million extension through 2017.
The deal includes a $600,000 signing bonus and $900,000 fully guaranteed. Slater played a total of 24 snaps on offense last season, with no more than four coming in a single game, but he's one of the elite special teams aces in the league. He's made five Pro Bowls for it. Slater turns 31 next month. Wed, Aug 31, 2016 09:18:00 AM

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Patriots WR Matthew Slater (shin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game.

Slater practiced on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday. The Patriots should have their special teams captain for Sunday's matchup with the Broncos.
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Patriots WR Matthew Slater (shin) missed practice on Wednesday but has not been ruled out for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos.

Apparently the Patriots checked the wrong box when filling out Wednesday's injury report. A core special teamer, Slater only played 23 snaps on offense this year.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 06:51:00 PM

Patriots WR Matthew Slater (shin) is out for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos.

He missed practice on Wednesday and was ruled out shortly after. Slater is New England's special teams captain and a five-time Pro Bowler.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 06:11:00 PM

WR Matthew Slater left the Patriots' Week 13 game against the Eagles with a stinger and is questionable to return.

Slater primarily plays on special teams but he's seen a few more looks on offense with New England's rash of injuries. He has one career catch for 46 yards.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:02:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 09:13:00 AM

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
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 05:33:00 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

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