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Draft Scout Nate Ebner News
07/28/16 - DB Nate Ebner is officially on New England's reserve/did-not-report list to open training camp. The Patriots special teamer spent the offseason pursuing his dream of making the Olympic rugby squad and succeeded, earning a spot on the 12-man team set to pursue gold next month in Rio. Ebner, who played rugby at Ohio State, learned the game from his late father, and the offseason journey is an emotional one for him. It is a path he pursued with the support of his coach and teammates.
"I've talked to Nate several times; wish him well in his endeavor," coach Bill Belichick said. "It's a great opportunity for him to follow his passion, participate in the Olympic Games. We're pulling for him to bring back something around his neck."
07/18/16 - S Nate Ebner has made the U.S. rugby team for the Rio Olympics next month. USA Rugby Men's Sevens coach Mike Friday announced the 12 athletes, including the Patriots safety, to represent Team USA.
Ebner, who took a leave of absence from the Patriots in May, is scheduled to rejoin the team at training camp after the Aug. 6-11 Olympic rugby competition.
Ebner was an All-American rugby player at Ohio State before the Patriots selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The 27-year-old Ebner, an unrestricted free agent before being re-signed by the Patriots in May, had 13 tackles in 15 games last season. He also had 11 special teams tackles, which ranked third on the team. He has played in 57 games over his four NFL seasons.
03/16/16 - S Nate Ebner was officialy signed by the Patriots Tuesday (March 15).
"He's happy to be back," Ebner's agent, Sean Stellato, told the Boston Herald on Saturday. "This was his goal. He wanted to be back. When you look at the definition of a Patriots player, he's it, from work ethic, to skill set, to how he conducts himself."
After signing the deal, Ebner was granted an immediate leave of absence so he can begin training for the U.S. Olympic rugby team. He will train at the rugby team's headquarters in California and will rejoin the Patriots in mid-August after the Olympic competition ends.
"I also want to thank them and USA Rugby for giving me the opportunity to chase a dream I've had since I was a boy in a sport in which I've always had a passion," Ebner said. "I can't put into words how much this opportunity means to not only me, but my friends and family as well.
"I plan to represent the Patriots and our country to the best of my ability. Thanks again and Go Pats and go USA."
03/15/16 - S Nate Ebner, also a special teams' standout, reached agreement on a two-year deal. Terms were not announced. Ebner had 13 tackles in 15 games last season. He also had 11 special-teams tackles, which ranked third on the team. After signing the deal, Ebner was granted an immediate leave of absence so he can begin training for the U.S. Olympic rugby team. He will train at the rugby's headquarters in California and will rejoin the Patriots in mid-August after the Olympic competition ends.
03/12/16 - S Nate Ebner, a special teams standout, has agreed to a two-year deal, according to reports Saturday (March 12).
Ebner, an unrestricted free agent, had 13 tackles in 15 games last season. He also had 11 special-teams tackles, which ranked third on the team. The 27-year-old Ebner, a 2012 sixth-round draft choice out of Ohio State, has played in 57 games over his four NFL seasons.