Roy Finch has chance to stick with Patriots as undrafted rookie

FLEET OF FOOT: Undrafted Patriots rookie running back Roy Finch runs the 40-yard dash at the University of Oklahoma Pro Day in March. He recorded a time of 4.4.

FLEET OF FOOT: Undrafted Patriots rookie running back Roy Finch runs the 40-yard dash at the University of Oklahoma Pro Day in March. He recorded a time of 4.4.

FOXBORO — Roy Finch runs like a shaken soda can getting spun out of a tornado as it bursts open.

This much was obvious about the undrafted Patriots running back after four weeks of organized team activities and minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Put the ball in his hands, wind him up and watch Finch scoot through would-be tacklers as images of Danny Woodhead dance through their heads.

A 5-foot-7, 180-pounder out of the University of Oklahoma, Finch has his work cut out when training camp opens a month from now, but based on observation of offseason workouts, he may have the best chance among the undrafted hopefuls to make the team. It’s worth noting that tight end Zach Sudfeld held that distinction this time last year, so fast starts don’t always translate into roster spots.

Finch’s game is suited to the pass-heavy drills of minicamp, as running backs with good hands and elusiveness get more work during 7-on-7 drills. Tom Brady and the quarterbacks generously shared the ball with their backs over the past month, and Shane Vereen, fourth-rounder James White and Finch were the benefactors, in that order.

“He’s as dangerous with the ball in his hands as I’ve seen when it comes to playmaking ability at any given moment,” said Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy, who also coached Adrian Peterson. “I’ve been here for 15 years and been around some good players. At any single time, he can make things happen.”

Finch’s obvious talents have been in the public eye for some time, as his Internet highlight videos are full of enough eye-popping moments to drive web traffic. And when the mercurial moves of the speedster (timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash) are seen by fans at training camp, he’ll surely be a crowd pleaser, both on offense and special teams as a returner.

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