Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slater: Ventrone bringing passion to offseason meetings

New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater has been voted into the Pro Bowl four years running, a product of the hard work and dedication he's committed to the role. It's a mantra he adopted from his time playing alongside former Patriot Ray Ventrone, who just so happens to now be Slater's new coach.

"He had a better understanding of the game than most guys I’ve ever played with," Slater said of the 32-year-old Ventrone, who will work as an assistant to Special Teams Coach Joe Judge. "The way he competed ... I just have so much respect for him as a competitor and the passion that he played with.

"He’s already bringing that to the meeting rooms. We’re excited about it. I’m not surprised that he’s doing what he’s doing now."

Ventrone, a career special teamer for three different clubs, lined up next to Slater during the 2008 season, Slater's rookie year. 

For more from Slater, including his thoughts on the Aaron Hernandez verdict, click here.

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