Thursday, May 5, 2022

Patriots bring in Hall of Famer’s son

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After the 2022 NFL draft, the New England Patriots made their usual run on undrafted free agents, signing nine to the roster. A player coming to New England for minicamp will get the attention of fans.

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That University of Rhode Island tweeted Sunday that defense attorney Coby Tippett will be heading to the Patriots’ mini-camp. With New England losing JC Jackson, they could use some help in position.

Tippett’s name will ring in the ears of Patriots fans. He is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett. The linebacker was drafted by New England in the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft.

Tippett appeared in 151 games for the Patriots. He amassed 100 sacks, which is the most in franchise history. The linebacker was a two-time All-Pro in his career and was called up to five Pro Bowls in a spectacular career.

After spending over a decade in New England, Tippett was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. The linebacker was also inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999. Tippett was also named a Hall of Fame All-1980s team.

Tippett is currently the Patriots’ executive director of community affairs.

Tippett finished the 2021 collegiate season with 41 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The University of Rhod Island started the season 7-4.

Tippett’s greatest advantage is his speed. On his Pro Day, he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. While at URI, Tippett was also a punt returner and made the CAA All-Conference First Team as a punt returner. He also ended up as a safety in the third team.

Tippett was also a finalist for the Chuck Boone Leadership Award, which goes to the conference’s player who best combines performance on the field, science, teamwork and sportsmanship.

The double threat averaged 12.6 yards per return, which was the best in the conference. After bringing back 18 punts last season, he was able to score a touchdown for the Rams’ special teams.

Tippett’s college career did not begin in Rhode Island. The Massachusetts native joined the Rams from Towson in 2019. In his first season at Rhode Island in 2020, he recorded two interceptions on his debut and earned second-team All-CAA Football honors. Was named CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week after having two tackles and a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown in September.

New England is hosting its Rookie Minicamp May 13-16. Tippett has the opportunity to earn a boot camp invite later this summer based on his minicamp performance.

Tippett’s versatility will help him in New England. Bill Belichick is known for his love of players who can excel on special teams. Matthew Slater made a career in the organization by being a special teams superstar.

While Tippett has an uphill battle to get into the roster, there seems no better place for him to get his chance than in New England.

While Tippett has an uphill battle to get into the roster, there seems no better place for him to get his chance than in New England.



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