Ok, now this is getting a little bit weird.
It started off as kind of a joke when the Patriots drafted Rutgers corner back Logan Ryan in the fourth round this year. Oh boy, three total Rutgers grads on New England! Then the Patriots reached later in the fourth round to draft Rutgers safety Duron Harmon. A player who was thought by many to maybe even be an undrafted free-agent.
If only it ended there.
Since then, the Patriots drafted another Rutgers player in the seventh round and have signed three more Rutgers alums. That includes yet another one today.
Patriots waived T R.J. Mattes and claimed T Kevin Haslam off waivers from San Diego. Haslam, as you probably guessed, went to Rutgers.
— Nick Underhill (@Nick_Underhill) May 22, 2013
Haslam has had four years in the league and is largely a depth signing for the offensive line. He's bounced around many a roster but that obviously doesn't mean that he won't someday become a starter for this team given their track record. And especially given Belichick's love fest for Rutgets guys.
The bond between Greg Schiano - the former Rutgers coach - and Bill Belichick certainly is strong. Haslam joins alums Devin McCourty, Justin Francis, Ryan, Harmon, Steve Beauharnais, Mark Harrison and Brandon Jones as former Rutgers players on the Pats.