Yesterday, the New England Patriots have released cornerback Rashaan Melvin. The 26-year old was the team's number four corner but saw more snaps as of late due to an injury to fellow cornerback Justin Coleman. However, his performance was shaky and the team decided that his position on the roster can be upgraded.
This move left the Patriots with one open spot on their 53-man roster. According to Doug Kyed, this spot has now been filled:
The Patriots signed CB Leonard Johnson. He had a locker at Gillette Stadium.
The 25-year old Johnson was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his three years in Tampa, the former Iowa State Cyclone appeared in 48 games. He registered five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and forced five fumbles.
During the 2015 preseason, Johnson broke his foot and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. However, the team released him off the reserve list last week, making him a free agent. On Monday, Johnson visited the Patriots and apparently passed his medical examination.
According to multiple media reports, the Patriots have also re-signed linebacker Eric Martin to their practice squad. The 24-year old was waived on November 27 and went unclaimed. He will rejoin New England's practice squad and fill the open spot created by the release of tight end Joseph Fauria.