Matthew Slater

New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #18
New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #18

Matthew Slater News

Remains with Patriots

Slater signed one-year, $2.62 million deal with the Patriots on Monday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Slater will return to New England for a 15th season in 2022. The 36-year-old earned second-team All-Pro honors for special team, which is the fifth time in his career he's been named an All-Pro.

Mar 14, 2022 2:38 PM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Slater (knee) is active for Sunday's contest against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Slater battled a knee injury leading up to Sunday's matchup, but he's managed to get healthy in time to suit up. The veteran wideout will handle his usual role as a special-teams ace.

Sep 20, 2020 4:15 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Slater (knee) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Slater has primarily been a special teams ace since being drafted by the Patriots in 2008. It is looking like his status for Sunday's game will not be determined until he can test out his knee during pregame warmups.

Sep 19, 2020 8:27 AM EST

Signs two-year extension

Slater and the Patriots have agreed on a two-year contract extension, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Slater has been with the Patriots since he was drafted in 2008. He is considered one of the best special teams players in the league, so this move certainly makes sense for New England.

Mar 13, 2020 7:47 PM EST

Ready to rock

Slater (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Analysis: Slater popped up on the injury report for Friday's practice session, but as evidenced by this news, it seemed nothing more than a precaution. Now that the 34-year-old is officially healthy, he's expected to be deployed in his usual depth receiver role, while operating on special teams.

Nov 24, 2019 12:08 PM EST

Nursing hamstring injury

Slater has a hamstring injury and is questionable for Sunday's game versus Dallas.

Analysis: Slater didn't appear on the injury report until Friday as a limited practice participant. The 34-year-old's absence would be felt on special teams should he end up inactive.

Nov 22, 2019 2:11 PM EST

Records 11 tackles in 2018

Slater logged 11 special-teams tackles in 2018.

Analysis: Though listed as a wide receiver, the 33-year-old hasn't caught a pass since the 2011 campaign. Slater earns his keep as a core special-teamer, a role he's slated to reprise next season, given that he's signed through 2019.

Dec 31, 2018 1:41 PM EST

Active Sunday

Slater (illness) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Titans.

Analysis: Slater was a late addition to the injury report after coming down with an illness over the weekend. He doesn't have a large role on the offense so his illness shouldn't impact the team much, even if he is slightly limited during the game.

Nov 11, 2018 8:57 AM EST

Late addition to injury report

Slater is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans with an illness.

Analysis: Slater likely fell ill at some point Saturday or early Sunday, as he wasn't included on New England's injury report throughout the week. The late addition isn't the most encouraging sign for his availability, but the Patriots will see how he progresses in the next few hours before determining his availability for the 1 p.m. EST kickoff. Though listed as a receiver on the roster, Slater rarely sees snaps on offense and instead makes his biggest impact on the Patriots' special-teams units.

Nov 11, 2018 5:51 AM EST

Unlikely to play Thursday

Slater (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Although Slater's is generously labeled as a wide receiver, he's mainly used as a returner and special teams gunner. The 32-year-old is entering his 11th season with the Patriots but hasn't hauled in a pass since the 2011 season. He's off the PUP list now, though, so expect him to return to action soon.

Aug 16, 2018 8:40 AM EST

Off of PUP list

Slater (undisclosed) has passed his physical, per NFL Communications, and has been activated from the PUP list, Doug Kyed of reports.

Analysis: Slater should resume his pursuit of a roster spot as a depth wideout and a special teams contributor after a delayed start to camp due to an undisclosed injury. The veteran has just one reception over the course of his extensive career, so it's safe to assume he won't be a viable option in almost all leagues.

Aug 8, 2018 5:12 PM EST

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