Nelson Eric Rowe Jr. (born October 3, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football at Utah.

Early years

Some schools Rowe attended were Doerre Intermediate in Spring, Texas and Klein High School in Klein, Texas. [2] During his career he had 207 tackles and nine interceptions. He was rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit and was ranked as the 39th best safety in his class. [3] He committed to the University of Utah to play college football. Rowe also played basketball and ran track in high school.

College career

Rowe attended Utah from 2011 to 2014. He became a starter at safety his freshman year. [4] He started all 13 games, recording 69 tackles, an interception and a sack. [5] As a sophomore, Rowe started 10 games, missing two due to injury. He had 64 tackles and one interception. As a junior, he again started all 12 games, finishing with 69 tackles and a half a sack. Prior to his senior season, Rowe was moved from safety to cornerback. [6] [7] He started 10 of 12 games and had 59 tackles and one interception. For his career, Rowe started 45 of 47 games and had 261 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Rowe was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 47th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. [8] He signed a four-year contract on May 7, 2015. [9]

New England Patriots

2016 season

On September 7, 2016, Rowe was traded to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick. [12] He was limited to nine games with seven starts due to injury recording 26 tackles, seven passes defensed, and one interception. The Patriots finished with a 14-2 record and acquired the top-seed for the AFC playoffs. On February 5, 2017, Rowe was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, he recorded four tackles and one pass defended as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime. The game featured the largest comeback in Super Bowl history as the Patriots trailed the Falcons by 25 points in the third quarter. [2] [2]

2017 season

Rowe began the season as 3rd on the depth chart behind Butler, and Gilmore.