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.
2016 (16/0, 3/0)
- Appeared as a reserve on special teams in the season-opening night win at Arizona and tallied one special teams tackle on the kickoff after the go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. The stop pinned the Cardinals at their own 14-yard line on the final drive of the game.
- Played on special teams in the win vs. Miami (9/18).
- Forced a fumble on a kickoff that was recoverd 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 specail teams tackle.
- Recorded one special teams tackle vs. Buffalo (10/2).
- Notched three special teams tackles at Cleveland (10/9).
- Totaled three tackles on special teams in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/16) and saw limited action on defense.
- Finished with one special teams tackle in the win at Pittsburgh (10/23).
- Recorded one special teams tackle in the win at Buffalo (10/30).
- Registered one special teams tackle and recovered a Cyrus Jones fumble on a 43-yard kick return to keep the ball in New England’s possession when the Patriots were trailing by one point with 8:46 remaining in the game vs. Seattle (11/13).
- Recorded one special teams tackle in the win at San Francisco (11/20).
- Played on special teams in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/27).
- Recorded three special teams tackles in the win vs. Los Angeles (12/4).
- Played on special teams in the win vs. Baltimore (12/12).
- Totaled one special teams tackle in the win at Denver (12/18) to bring his season total to a team-leading 16 special teams tackles in 2016, which is tied for the NFL lead with Miami’s Mike Hull and Michael Thomas.
- Finished with two special teams tackles in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) to give him 18 for the season, a single-season career high. He is now leading the NFL in 2016 with his 18 special teams tackles.
- Totaled one special teams tackle in the win at Miami (1/1) to finish the regular season with a team-leading and career-best 19 special teams tackles in 2016, which was tied with Miami’s Michael Thomas for the NFL lead.
- Recorded two special teams tackles in the Divisional Round win vs. Houston (1/14).
- 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.
- 2009 Big Ten all-academic.
- A standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams for rugby from 2006-08.
- In 2006 at age 17, youngest player ever to play in National 7’s.
- MVP of the Rugby World Cup in 2008 as a member of the U20 team.
- Did not play football at Hilliard Davidson High.