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, Carroll is more concerned about just seeing Gordon get through a full week of practice."He's a smart football guy. He's going to get it. It's not going to take him very long. I just need to see him practice. I can't tell you anything right now," Carroll said Thursday.The speed with which Gordon is able to pick up the Seahawks' system and find a role — even if it's small — will ultimately determine if he plays Monday night when the Seahawks face division foe San Francisco.Gordon is healthy, having passed his physical in Seattle following knee and ankle injuries that eventually led to his release from New England. He's clearly talented. And Seattle believes it has the structure in place to help Gordon be successful without falling back into off-field problems.The team, which claimed him off waivers, said Gordon wouldn't talk until Saturday after completing his first week of practice."We've done our work, as we do," Carroll said. "Whatever a guy brings to us we're going to try and investigate it. I can't tell you we've done a perfect job of it but we're trying, we're trying to figure it out. We want to complement the support system that all of our guys have, so we're trying to do that in any way we can. We're trying to help our guys be the best they can possibly be and that's all part of that process."The wide receiver position didn't seem like a priority, but the Seahawks couldn't pass up a chance to get Gordon. He's another big-bodied pass catcher in the mold of what Carroll likes to have in his offense. If it goes well, Gordon could become an additional red-zone target after Seattle lost tight end Will Dissly to a torn Achilles tendon last month.Ultimately, it's a low-risk move for Seattle and yet another chance for the oft-troubled Gordon."I think that he can help stretch the field Kendarius Webster Jersey NFL Draft
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, and the Connecticut product reverted to the Raiders’ injured reserve.Two months later, in late October, Oakland parted ways with Melifonwu for good and released him off its IR list. Despite his draft pedigree, he lasted on the open market for almost two weeks — at which point the Patriots decided to pick the defensive back up by signing him to a two-year, $1.4 million contract. The deal added Melifonwu to a crowded New England secondary, and his usage developed accordingly.All in all, he appeared in just three of a possible ten games for the Patriots. Melifonwu was on the field for a combined 20 defensive snaps against the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings in weeks twelve and thirteen of the regular season, respectively, and 25 more in the kicking game. Given his limited playing time, his statistical output — one tackle on defense, two more on special teams — was hardly surprising.The playoffs was more of the same for Melifonwu. He was active for only one game — the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs — and again was unable to regularly see the field. In fact, his three special teams snaps were all the postseason playing time he was given by the coaching staff. Nevertheless Youth Kendarius Webster Jersey
, the second-year man, who registered on tackle against the Chiefs, was part of the Super Bowl winning team. So his season can still be seen as a successful one in the grand scheme of things.2019 preview: Entering his second year in the Patriots’ system with a salary cap hit of $693,438, Melifonwu is one of the players on the roster that is hardest to project. On the one hand, he did enter the draft with plenty of potential given his size and athletic abilities. On the other, however, he has had a quiet pro career up to this point and failed to establish a clear role in New England over the second half of the 2018 season.Anything seems possible, therefore: Melifonwu could establish himself as a valuable strong safety/linebacker hybrid in the mold of Patrick Chung and maybe even build the foundation for one day taking over for the veteran. Then again, the 25-year-old could also get lost in what is one of the deepest secondaries in all of football — one that added a similarly sized player in the second round of this year’s draft in cornerback Joejuan Williams.Melifonwu might find himself somewhere in the middle when the regular season comes around, though. He could very well become Chung’s primary backup, and see rotational playing time on defense but serving primarily as a special teamer. Given how his 2018 campaign went Womens Kendarius Webster Jersey
, such a development seems realistic and would also be a positive one for Melifonwu: he is not guaranteed a roster spot and needs a solid summer to justify the team keeping him.If that does not happen, however, seeing the Patriots part ways with him should be expected — and if only to get him to the practice squad. After all, you can only keep so many players in what is already a deep defensive backfield. And with de facto roster locks like Jonathan Jones or Duke Dawson Jr. also able of providing depth at safety, Melifonwu might be buried on the depth chart — and ultimately end up off the roster once cutdowns begin in late August.At the end of the day, Melifonwu is a virtual unknown heading into the season — and therefore one of the more interesting players to watch in training camp and the preseason.