Nate Ebner was signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 15, 2016 ... Originally drafted by New England in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
- Has totaled 10 or more special teams tackels in each of his five seasons
- Was inactive due to injury vs. Kansas City (9/7) and in the victory at New Orleans (9/17).
- Returned to action from injury for the first time in 2017 and contributed immediately on special teams with one special teams tackle while assisting on another in the victory vs. Houston (9/24).
- Contributed on special teams with two special teams tackles vs. Carolina (10/1).
- Was a key contributor on special teams, leading the team in special teams tackles with two total in the victory at Tampa Bay (10/5).
- Contributed on special teams in the win at N.Y. Jets (10/15) and assisted on a special teams tackle in the victory vs. Atlanta (10/22). Also had special teams contributions in the win vs. L.A. Chargers (10/29).
- Contributed on special teams with one special teams tackle in the victory at Denver (11/12).
- Contributed on special teams in the win at Oakland (11/19) in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca.
- Successfully converted a fake punt with a 14-yard run on the opening drive of the game that kept the drive alive and lead to the Patriots first touchdown in the victory vs. Miami (11/26). Ebner was injured on the play and did not return to the game.
- Was placed on Injured Reserve Nov. 27.
2016 (16/0, 3/0)
- Played in all 16 regular-season games as a reserve, mainly on special teams. Led the club and tied Miami's Michael Thomas for an NFL-high 19 special teams tackles and forced one fumble on special teams.
- Appeared in all three postseason contests and tallied three special teams tackles.
- Forced a fumble on a kickoff that was recovered by Jordan Richards at the 21-yard line to set up a touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount in third quarter of the win vs. Houston (9/22). Added one special teams tackle.
- Notched a season-high three solo special teams tackles at Cleveland (10/9).
- Finished with one special teams tackle in the regular-season finale win at Miami (1/1) to tie the Dolphins' Michael Thomas for most special teams tackles (19) in the league.
- Played on special teams in the AFC Championship game vs. Pittsburgh (1/22) before leaving the game with an injury.
- Totaled one special teams tackle in the win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI (2/5).
2015 (15/0, 2/0)
- Appeared in 15 regular-season games as a reserve, mainly on special teams, and compiled 11 special teams tackles.
- Played in both postseason contests and assisted on one special teams tackle.
- Was inactive at Buffalo (9/20) due to injury.
- Posted two special teams tackles in the win vs. Buffalo (11/23).
- Contributed on special teams, posting one special teams tackle vs. Philadelphia (12/6). Also kicked off twice in the game. The first was a drop-kick in the second quarter and the second was an attempted on-side kick in the fourth quarter.
2014 (12/0, 3/0)
- Contributed on special teams in the AFC Divisional win vs. Baltimore (1/10/15), the AFC Championship win vs. Indianapolis (1/18/15) and the Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1/15).
- Led the team with two special teams tackles in the win at N.Y. Jets (12/21).
- Posted one special teams tackle in the win vs. Miami (12/14).
- Recorded one tackle in the win at San Diego (12/7).
- Tallied one special teams tackle at Green Bay (11/30).
- Posted one defensive tackle and one special teams stop in the win vs. Detroit (11/23).
- Returned from injury to play a significant role on special teams in the win vs. Denver (11/2).
- Inactive vs. Cincinnati (10/5), at Buffalo (10/12), vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16) and vs. Chicago (10/26) due to injury.
- Recorded one special teams tackle and also played one defensive snap at Kansas City (9/29).
- Played on special teams and as a defensive back in the dime package in the wins at Minnesota (9/14) and vs. Oakland (9/21), posting two solo tackles and three special teams stops.
- Recorded two special teams tackles and also played one defensive snap in the season opener at Miami (9/7).
2013 (15/0, 2/0)
- Played mainly special teams in 15 regular-season games. Registered 11 special teams tackles and two fumble recoveries on special teams.
- Saw action in both playoff games.
- Inactive for the season opener at Buffalo (9/8) due to injury.
- Made his first two special teams tackles of the season at Cincinnati (10/13).
- Tied a career-high with four special teams tackles vs. Pittsburgh (11/3).
- Recovered his first career fumble on a muffed punt in overtime vs. Denver (11/24) deep in Broncos territory that led to the game-winning field goal. Also made one special teams tackle.
- Recovered his second fumble in four games after a botched field goal attempt at Miami (12/15). The turnover led to a Patriots touchdown.
2012 (15/0, 2/0)
- Played mainly on special teams in 15 regular season games, finishing second on the team with 17 special teams tackles.
- Saw limited action in the secondary.
- Appeared in both postseason contests, making one special teams tackle.
- Inactive due to injury vs. Miami (12/30).
- Made his pro debut, making two special teams tackles and played in a reserve role on defense in the win at Tennessee (9/9).
- A world-class rugby player who joined Ohio State as a walk-on in 2009.
- Finished his career at Ohio State on scholarship.
- Voted by his teammates as the team’s most inspirational player and presented with the Bo-Rein Award at the end of the 2011 season.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- 2016 - Associated Press All-Pro Second Team
- Nate Ebner did not play football in high school, but was a very talented rugby player growing up. He was a standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams from 2006-08 and was MVP of the Rugby World Cup in 2008 as a member of the U20 team. One year later, he walked on to the football team at Ohio State and finished his collegiate career as a scholarship player.
- Ebner was selected to the 2016 U.S. Olympic rugby squad, becoming the first Patriots player to participate in the Olympics while a member of the team.
- Son of Nancy Pritchett and the late Jeff Ebner.
- Majored in exercise science at Ohio State.
- 2009 Big Ten all-academic.
- A standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams for rugby from 2006-08.
- MVP of the Junior Rugby World Cup in 2008 as a member of the U20 team.
- Did not play football at Hilliard Davidson High.