Insider Scouting Report: TE Jason Rader

Insider's scoop on who is Jason Rader, the tight end the Patriots signed to the practice squad on September 4, 2007. Find out what a Dolphins Insider really thinks of this recent addition to the Patriots practice squad.

Insider Analysis courtesy of Alain Poupart, editor of Dolphins Digest magazine and

Name: Jason Rader Position: TE
Draft Status: UDFA-2005 Date acquired: 9/4/2007


Why was Rader released by the Dolphins?

Alain Poupart: Rader was a long shot to make the active roster from the start of training camp because the truth is he's a marginal player and the Dolphins carried six tight ends throughout camp. It became five once the Dolphins started using Tim Massaquoi more as a fullback, but even then Rader pretty much was running fifth the whole time behind David Martin, Justin Pelle, Aaron Halterman and Courtney Anderson. Martin and Peelle wound up making the roster, while Halterman was signed to the practice squad.

What are Rader's strengths / weaknesses?

AP: Rader, who spent time on the Dolphins practice squad last season, is more of a pass catcher than a blocker, but there's really nothing that stands out about his game. He does seem to have decent hands as a receiver, but nothing out of this world. He also doesn't have much down-the-field potential.

How can he help a team like the Patriots?

AP: Rader can help any team in a pinch because he's a decent enough receiver. But, as mentioned before, there's nothing about his game that stands out and it's not like he'll ever be a difference-maker in the NFL. It's more likely he's a guy who is going to continue to bounce around from team to team looking for a job.

Tight end Jason Rader #85 of the Miami Dolphins works out during Rookie Camp (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)


PI's Take: How He Fits

Rader will be lucky to see much action if any this season with Rivers, Thomas, Watson and Brady on the roster. The Patriots like having extra tight ends around, and Rader could see some action down the road if an injury occurs. New England was thrown for a loop when Garrett Mills was claimed off waivers by the Vikings. Rader may be a temporary solution to replace the extra body that Mills would have offered in practice. FB Kyle Eckel was also signed. Mills was an H-Back. Rader could fulfill the TE duties while Eckel fills in the FB duties. In either event, it's not expected that Rader will have much of an impact at this point.


Pre-Draft scouting report by TFY Draft Preview (March 2004)

Name: Jason Rader School: Marshall Year: 5Sr
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 255 40: 4.86 Pos: TE

Bio: Two year starter who began his career at Georgia. Posted receiving numbers of 30/233/3 as a senior after 30/320/2 the prior season.

POs: Solid tight end prospect with a complete game. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, comes back to the ball or follows the quarterback across the field and works to make himself an available target. Extends his hands pulling the pass out of the air and makes the difficult reception in traffic. Gets past the marker on third down and mentally alert in all aspects. Good position blocker who works to stay square and uses angles to wall defenders from the play.

Neg: Narrow based player not explosive into blocks. Does not make plays into the secondary as a receiver.

Analysis: An efficient football player, Rader does not stand out in any single aspect of his game or hold much upside for the next level. Efficient and workmanlike he could catch on for a team that keeps three tight ends.

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Alain Poupart has covered the Miami Dolphins since 1985 and has been associate editor of Dolphin Digest since 1989. A native of Canada, Poupart has followed the Dolphins since their perfect season of 1972.

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