New Patriots special teams player Albert McClellan blessed to join team after being released by Ravens

Ryan Hannable
November 15, 2018 - 11:19 am

FOXBORO -- Albert McClellan had been with the Ravens for seven seasons, so to be released for the second time this year was a bit of a surprise.

The 32-year-old was released to make room for Ty Montgomery a few weeks back, but he did not last long on the open market as the Patriots signed the core special teams player. He was even active in last Sunday's game against the Titans after just a few days on the roster.

“It’s a blessing to be here,” McClellan said Wednesday. “I’m just glad to have another opportunity to play this game that everyone loves. My heart is in it, I’m passionate about it and it’s a blessing to be here and a part of this great team.”

Given the Patriots' special teams struggles this year, his main role will be to boost those units.

“Just [want to] establish a role,” said McClellan. “I’ve been a big special teams guy throughout my career, so continue to help out there where it’s needed. Other than that, whatever’s asked from the coaches and whatever they think I can do, just do it to the best of my ability.”

Special teams captain Matthew Slater seemed excited to now have McClellan as a teammate.

“We played him in Baltimore a ton of times, and I was never too excited about having to go head-to-head with him,” he said. “But he’s a really savvy player. He really has a great understanding of the game. When you hear him talk about the kicking game, you understand this guy knows what he’s doing. He’s been coached well. He watches a lot of film. He picks up a lot of little indicators. So I think he can really fit in here.”

McClellan and the Patriots will be off this week before taking on the Jets Thanksgiving weekend.

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