Ryan Wendell was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2008 ... Released by the Patriots (8/26/08) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/24/08 ... Released by the Patriots (9/22/09) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/24/09) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (12/31/09).
Ryan Wendell was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2008 ... Released by the Patriots (8/26/08) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/24/08 ... Released by the Patriots (9/22/09) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/24/09) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (12/31/09).SEASONAL REVIEWS 2012 (16/16, 2/2)
2011 (14/3, 3/0)
- Starts on the offensive line at center.
- Led all NFL players in playing time in 2012 by starting all 16 games and playing 1,379 total snaps (1,231 offense, 148 special teams).
- Started at center vs. Denver (10/7) on offense that had its second straight 200-yard rushing game for the first time since 1978.
- Started along an offensive line that paved the way for two 100-yard rushers and a win at Buffalo (9/30).
- Played in a reserve role in all three playoff games against the N.Y. Giants (2/5), Baltimore (1/22) and Denver (1/14).
- Saw action in 14 regular season games, starting three - two at center and one at left guard.
- Made his first career start at left guard in the Patriots win over Buffalo (1/1).
- Saw action in a reserve role against the Dolphins (12/24).
- Started his second game of the season at center in win over the Broncos (12/18).
- Saw action in a reserve role against the Colts (12/4) and Redskins (12/11).
- Started his first game of the year and first ever at center, in place of an injured Dan Connolly at Philadelphia (11/27).
- Saw action in a reserve role on the offensive line and on special teams against the Giants (11/6), Jets (11/13) and Chiefs (11/21).
- Played on the offensive line as a reserve against the Cowboys (10/16), Jets (10/9) and Raiders (10/2).
- Saw his first action of the season in a reserve role against the Bills (9/25).
- Was inactive due to injury against the Dolphins (9/12) and the Chargers (9/18).
2009 (2/0, 1/0)
- Played in 15 games with two starts and was inactive for one game. Saw time on the offensive line, filling in for Dan Connolly when he moved to fullback in goal-line situations, as well as when Connolly was injured late in the season.
- Played in a reserve role against the Steelers (11/14), Colts (11/21), Lions (11/25) and Jets (12/6).
- Was inactive against the Browns (11/7).
- Played in a reserve role against the Vikings (10/31).
- Saw extensive time at left guard in the second half against San Diego (10/24).
- Played in short yardage situation and also saw some action at left guard against the Ravens (10/24).
- Saw action on the offensive line in short-yardage situations against the Dolphins (10/4) and Ravens (10/17).
- Saw time at left guard in the fourth quarter in a short yardage situation when Dan Connolly moved to fullback against the Bills (9/26).
- Played on special teams against the Bengals (9/12) and Jets (9/19).
- Replaced Stephen Neal at right guard during the Cincinnati game for a few plays, marking his first NFL action on the offensive line (9/12).
- Earned a spot on the 53-man roster coming out of training camp and played in the first two games of the season before being released and signed to the practice squad.
- Was signed back to the 53-man roster prior to the regular-season finale but was inactive for the game at Houston (1/3).
- Made his NFL debut on special teams in the 2009 season-opener vs. Buffalo (9/14).
- Played as a reserve on special teams at the N.Y. Jets (9/20).
- Saw action on special teams in the postseason game vs. Baltimore (1/10).
- Spent his first NFL season on the Patriots practice squad after signing with the team as a rookie free agent.
- Played center at Fresno State and was part of an offensive line that set a school record for fewest sacks surrendered with 12.
- Earned All-WAC and Academic All-WAC honors.
- Played in nine games as a true freshman in 2004.
- In 2004, he helped school finish as the nation's fifth ranked offense, scoring more than 38 points per game.
- Ryan Wendell was born on March 4, 1986.
- Attended Diamond Bar (Calif.) High School where he had his jersey retired and was named to the school's hall of fame.
- Selected first-team All-CIF Southern Section as a defensive lineman as a senior and won it as an offensive lineman as a junior.
- Named the Sierra League's Most Valuable Player.
- An excellent student, who won the California Governor's Scholar Share Award.
- Had his jersey retired at Diamond Bar High School and was elected to the school’s hall of fame.
- An excellent student, who won the California Governor’s Scholar Share Award.