Training camp is here! The NFL’s most quiet period has come to an end as the New England Patriots have started this year’s camp earlier this week. The 88 players currently under contract are now in the process of fighting for spots on either the team’s 53-man roster or its 10-man practice squad.
As we have done throughout the offseason, we will continue to take a look at the men fighting for those few select spots on the 2017 Patriots – and to find out who will and might be asked to help the team defend its Super Bowl title.
Today, we will continue the series with one of the newest members of the Patriots.
Name: Caleb Kidder
Position: Defensive edge
Jersey number: 64
Opening day age: 23
Size: 6’4, 270 lbs.
2016 review: Prior to his fifth year at the University of Montana, defensive lineman Caleb Kidder changed positions and switched from the interior to edge. Despite playing a new role, the Montana native, whose favorite team since childhood are the Patriots, was a standout performer on the team’s defense and as a result was named to the second All-Big Sky team.
Overall, Kidder appeared in 11 of the Grizzlies’ games and finished the season with 55 tackles – 11.0 of which for loss – and 5.5 sacks. A better pass defender than run stopper, he also added three pass breakups and led the team in fumble recoveries with two. Kidder also saw regular playing time on special teams and blocked one field goal attempt in the process.
Despite his productivity and raw athleticism, however, he went unselected during the NFL draft. Instead, Kidder signed a free agency contract with the Minnesota Vikings. He…
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