Patriots bring in five players for free agency workouts

The New England Patriots’ 53-man roster appears to be set heading into the regular season opener against the Houston Texans , but that does not mean that the team is not looking at potential additions. Over the course of the last few days, New England brought in 13 current free agents for tryouts: eight on Wednesday, five more on Friday.ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss shared the list of players that were brought in during the second wave of workouts:While undrafted rookie Tony Adams and second-year man Jake Eldrenkamp have yet to appear in an NFL contest, the other three players visiting New England yesterday bring actual in-game experience to the table (some more than others, though).Kalen Reed, a former seventh-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans, appeared in seven games over the course of his two years as a pro. However, the primary special teamer David Andrews Jersey , was placed on injured reserve in mid-August after breaking his foot. He was released shortly afterwards and is on the open market since. New England bringing him in might therefore have more to do with physical evaluations than a plan to soon add the 24-year.Like Reed, Spancer Drango was also drafted in 2016 – albeit two rounds earlier by the Cleveland Browns. He started his career as a versatile backup but was thrust into a starting role both last year and during his rookie campaign. In 2017, the Baylor product took over for Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas after an injury ended his streak of having played 10,363 consecutive offensive snaps. Despite his experience, Drango was let go last week.Speaking of experience, none of the five players brought in has more than Josh Robinson: the 2012 third-round draft selection appeared in 76 combined games for the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he started his career as a promising defensive back, the 27-year old saw the vast majority of his snaps over the last three seasons in the kicking game. But despite limited defensive contributions, Robinson was still a valuable and productive player for the Vikings and later Buccaneers.At the end of the day Elandon Roberts Jersey , it would be a surprise to see the Patriots sign one of the five players any time soon given their lack of upside. However, there is a chance that the team will keep all five of the players brought in on its emergency call-up lists. In two days, the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs will meet for what is one of the most anticipated games of the 2018 season: two of the NFL’s best offenses going against each other, with the potential frontrunner status in the AFC on the line. Earlier today, the two teams released their final injury reports and game statuses of the weekutThe Chiefs have already declared two players out for Sunday’s game. Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas will miss the game after fracturing his leg yesterday, while safety Eric Murray will be out because of an ankle issue. Both play big roles in Kansas City: Thomas is a core special teamer, while Murray is one of the team’s starting safeties.DoubtfulAfter tearing his achilles tendon during last year’s game against the Patriots, Eric Berry will likely not make his return on Sunday – being listed as doubtful is virtually the same as being declared out right away. The same goes for linebacker Justin Houston Shaq Mason Jersey , one of Kansas City’s best defenders and pass rushers. While the team has experience playing without Berry, Houston will miss his first game of the year.QuestionableThe Patriots list nine players as questionable to perform in Sunday’s game – all of which being limited during today’s practice. Among the group is wide receiver Chris Hogan, who was absent yesterday but returned to the the field in limited capacity today. He will likely be a game-time decision. Others on the list, meanwhile, will likely be good to go: it would be a surprise if Josh Gordon, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Shelton did not play on Sunday. The statuses of the other five men listed as questionable appear to be less clear.
on January 06 at 08:46 PM

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