Undrafted Rookie Roy Finch Likely to Remain With New England

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 8:10 AM
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Roy Finch, a 5-foot-7, 180-pounder out of the University of Oklahoma, has his work cut out when training camp opens a month from now, but based on observation of offseason workouts, he may have the best chance among the undrafted hopefuls to make the team. It’s worth noting that tight end Zach Sudfeld held that distinction this time last year, so fast starts don’t always translate into roster spots.

Finch’s game is suited to the pass-heavy drills of minicamp, as running backs with good hands and elusiveness get more work during 7-on-7 drills. Tom Brady and the quarterbacks generously shared the ball with their backs over the past month, and Shane Vereen, fourth-rounder James White and Finch were the benefactors, in that order.

“He’s as dangerous with the ball in his hands as I’ve seen when it comes to playmaking ability at any given moment,” said Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy, who also coached Adrian Peterson. “I’ve been here for 15 years and been around some good players. At any single time, he can make things happen.”

Finch will need to be more consistent to sway the coaches in his favor as they choose their 53-man roster in late August, particularly if they’re looking for more of a LeGarrette Blount type. Perhaps that’s why Finch only gave himself an “average” grade when minicamp wrapped up Thursday afternoon, choosing to focus on his shortcomings instead of the electric plays that caused Oklahoma football radio play-by-play man Toby Rowland to dub him “the caffeinated squirrel.”

“I’ve got to be hard on myself because I know what type of player I can be and what I can bring to the team,” Finch said. “I can never be complacent. I can never feel like I’m doing enough to where it gets into my mind that I don’t have to work as hard. I have to continue to push forward and challenge myself, not only out here on the field but in the classroom asking questions, too.” (More at Boston Herald)