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Adrian Clayborn | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 280
College: Iowa
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (20) / TB
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Patriots DE Adrian Clayborn injured his quad during workouts last week.
The injury could limit Clayborn's availability for "Phase 3" of OTAs, though the veteran defensive end should be back at full strength by the time training camp opens in July. Clayborn led the Falcons with a career-high 9.5 sacks last season with six of those takedowns coming in a Week 10 win over Dallas. May 20 - 8:58 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Patriots signed DE Adrian Clayborn to a two-year, $12 million contract.

Clayborn gives the Patriots a veteran edge presence opposite Trey Flowers. He set career highs in 2017, but most of his production came in one game. Clayborn has mostly been a rotational pass rusher, but he could see a larger role in New England.
Mar 16 - 6:54 PM

Free agent DE Adrian Clayborn is visiting the Patriots.

Clayborn turns 30 this summer and is coming off a career year that saw him register nine sacks for the Falcons, though six of those came in a historic Week 10 win over the Cowboys when Dallas was down All-Pro LT Tyron Smith. Clayborn is more of a 5-8 sack guy but is a fine rotational edge piece.
Mar 15 - 6:17 PM

ESPN's Jenna Laine reports the Bucs have "some level of interest" in a reunion with free agent DE Adrian Clayborn.

29-year-old Clayborn is coming off a career-high nine sacks, though six of them came in one game against the Tyron Smith-less Cowboys. Wherever Clayborn ends up, he will be a situational pass rusher.
Mar 14 - 4:00 PM

Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn recorded six sacks in the Week 10 win over the Cowboys.

The Cowboys were missing All-Pro LT Tyron Smith and RB Ezekiel Elliott in pass protection, and it showed big time. Dak Prescott was sacked eight times, and the Falcons were teeing off on the sophomore quarterback with Dallas throwing the ball and playing from behind all day. 29-year-old Clayborn, a former first-rounder, had only topped six sacks IN A SEASON one time his first six years in the league. In addition to the six takedowns on Sunday, Clayborn also had three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He'll be the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 08:00:00 PM

Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn (biceps) has been medically cleared for training camp.

Clayborn tore his biceps in the Divisional Round win over the Seahawks. He missed OTAs and minicamp but is good to go, though coach Dan Quinn said they'll ease Clayborn back in with about 50 percent of the reps at the start.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 12:03:00 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn (torn biceps) said he is facing a five-month recovery.

Clayborn suffered a torn biceps in the Falcons' Divisional Round win over the Seahawks in January. The recovery timetable suggests he will not make it back for OTAs, but he should be good to go for training camp. Clayborn recorded five sacks in 13 games playing opposite Vic Beasley last season.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 08:57:00 AM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn suffered a torn biceps in Saturday's Divisional Round win over the Seahawks and is out for the season.

It's a tough break for Clayborn, who also missed time with a torn meniscus earlier this year. With Clayborn sidelined, look for Dwight Freeney to fill in opposite Brooks Reed at defensive end in next week's NFC Championship Game. Clayborn finished second on the team in sacks (4.5) during the regular season, albeit a distant second behind teammate and league leader Vic Beasley's 15.5.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017 03:53:00 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn suffered a biceps injury in Saturday's Divisional game against the Seahawks, and will not return.

Clayborn was injured in the opening moments of the game. The rule out suggests he's doubtful for a potential NFC Championship Game appearance. Clayborn had 4.5 sacks this season.
Sat, Jan 14, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday.

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure said Clayborn was present for part of practice but didn't go at full speed. Clayborn is making progress but remains a long shot to play Saturday at Carolina. He's three weeks removed from suffering a torn meniscus.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 06:32:00 PM

Falcons declared RE Adrian Clayborn, RB Terron Ward, S Sharrod Neasman, CB Ayodeji Olatoye CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, C Trevior Robinson and OL Wes Schweitzer inactive for Week 13 against the Chiefs.

Clayborn will be up against it to return during the regular season.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:38:00 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn's partially torn meniscus requires surgery, and he will be sidelined 3-5 weeks.

That could obviously be the rest of the regular season, though coach Dan Quinn insists he will return. By not placing Clayborn on injured reserve, the Falcons will be holding out hope for a playoff berth and on-schedule recovery. Leading the AFC South at 7-4, the Falcons are in a good spot, but Clayborn and Desmond Trufan's injuries are big blows.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn tore his MCL and partially tore his meniscus in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Cardinals.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, surgery is "likely," and Clayborn is expected to miss "at least" a month. Realistically, the Falcons should just be hoping Clayborn returns for the playoffs. Clayborn has been an impact inside-outside defender for Atlanta this year, shining as both a run stopper and pass rusher.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 05:15:00 PM

Falcons RE Adrian Clayborn suffered a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Clayborn was limited to 29-of-66 snaps. He underwent a Monday MRI, the results of which coach Dan Quinn did not disclose at his presser. Clayborn's 4.5 sacks are second on the Falcons to Vic Beasley's 9.5.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said DL Adrian Clayborn will play primarily at defensive end this season.

Clayborn found success as an interior rusher last year, but the Falcons want to "feature" him outside moving forward. "He’s played a bunch of end for us, and he’s played a little bit of tackle for us as well," Quinn said. "I’m putting him back out on the defensive end to let him do his thing." The Falcons are desperate for a pass rush after recording a league-worst 19 sacks last season. Clayborn has 16 sacks in 52 career games, but he did manage 7.5 playing exclusively at defensive end as a rookie in 2011.
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Adrian Clayborn
2Trey Flowers
3Deatrich Wise
4Geneo Grissom
5Eric Lee
DT1Malcom Brown
2Danny Shelton
3Lawrence Guy
4Adam Butler
5Vincent Valentine
MLB1Dont'a Hightower
2Elandon Roberts
3Nicholas Grigsby
WLB1Marquis Flowers
2Trevor Reilly
3Christian Sam
SLB1Kyle Van Noy
2Harvey Langi
3Ja'whaun Bentley
CB1Stephon Gilmore
2Jason McCourty
3Eric Rowe
4Jonathan Jones
5Duke Dawson
FS1Devin McCourty
2Duron Harmon
3Brandon King
4Matthew Slater
5David Jones
SS1Pat Chung
2Jordan Richards
3Nate Ebner
4Damarius Travis
P1Ryan Allen