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Tyler Gaffney | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/20/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Stanford
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick "loves" second-year RB Tyler Gaffney.
A sixth-round pick of the Panthers last season, the Pats controversially claimed Gaffney off waivers when Carolina attempted to put him on injured reserve with a torn lateral meniscus last July. Gaffney spent 2014 on New England's injured reserve instead. A grinder with little explosion and underwhelming college tape, it is hard to see Gaffney carving out a big role in the Patriots' offense no matter how much Belichick "loves" him. Feb 21 - 8:44 AM

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Patriots placed RB Tyler Gaffney (knee surgery) and LB Cameron Gordon (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

A sixth-round pick of the Panthers, Gaffney was claimed off waivers in July. He tore his left lateral meniscus in the early days of camp. The Panthers waived/injured him, trying to sneak him through to I.R., but the Patriots pounced. Gaffney had impressive Combine measurables and college statistics, but underwhelming tape. He'll fight for one of the Pats' final roster spots in 2014.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Patriots claimed RB Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers.

The move stirs echoes of New England's "controversial" 2012 claim of Jake Ballard from the Giants, as the No. 204 overall pick of May's draft will miss the entire season with a torn left lateral meniscus. The Panthers had waived/injured Gaffney, with the intention of stashing him on injured reserve. He'll redshirt for the Patriots this season and fight for one of their final roster spots next summer.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Panthers waived/injured RB Tyler Gaffney (knee).

He'll have surgery shortly. The sixth-round pick from Stanford would've been a solid bet to make Carolina's 53-man roster behind Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, but will now "redshirt" his rookie season. Despite impressive Combine measurables and college production, Gaffney's game tape underwhelmed, and he'll be 24 next season. He has little Dynasty value.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Panthers rookie RB Tyler Gaffney suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee during Saturday's practice and is done for the year.

The good news is that Gaffney doesn't have damage to his ACL, and should be available for the start of next year's training camp. A sixth-round pick, Gaffney will compete for a 2015 roster spot. The loss leaves DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Kenjon Barner as Carolina's top three backs. If you're interested in deep sleepers, keep an eye on UDFA Darrin Reaves, who goes 5-foot-7 and 209 pounds, and posted a 10-foot-3 broad jump at his Pro Day. Reaves is a favorite of The College Football Experiment's Jon Moore.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 09:24:00 PM

Panthers signed sixth-round RB Tyler Gaffney to a four-year contract.

A favorite of ESPN analyst Bill Polian, Gaffney is behind DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Kenjon Barner on the running back depth chart. He'll need to prove his value on special teams in order to make the 53-man roster.
Sat, May 17, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Panthers selected Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Gaffney (5-foot-11 1/2, 220) spent one season as the Cardinal's feature runner, rushing 330 times for 1,709 yards (5.18 YPC) and 21 scores as a senior. He managed 32 career catches. Although Gaffney ran 4.49 at the Combine, his underwhelming 9-foot-8 broad jump is more indicative of his explosiveness. He is a sluggish grinder in the Jackie Battle mold, lacks lateral agility, and only gets what's blocked. Gaffney projects to max out as a No. 2 or 3 back in the pros, and may have to demonstrate special teams value to forge a long career. He enters Carolina behind DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Kenjon Barner.
Sat, May 10, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney clocked unofficial forty times of 4.43 and 4.48 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Despite the impressive size-speed Combine ratio, we were thoroughly unimpressed by Gaffney's college tape, expecting him to be an undrafted free agent before the Combine started. The measurables may help him jump into the third day of the draft, but Gaffney is not a special running talent by any stretch. He does excel in pass protection like ex-teammate Stepfan Taylor.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 03:38:00 PM

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2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Tyler Gaffney
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1Brandon Bolden
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
4Jonathan Krause
5Greg Orton
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski