And just like that the New England Patriots' roster is back at 90. After signing veteran free agent cornerback Tarell Brown earlier today, the team announced that it has signed another free agent: wide receiver Zach D'Orazio.
The team's official release has to say the following about the 24-year old:
D’Orazio, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Akron on May 26, 2015 and released on June 11. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder, was a two-year starter at Akron, appearing in 28 games at wide receiver and finished his career with 119 receptions for 1,422 yards and five touchdowns. D’Orazio began his college career as a quarterback before switching to wide receiver in 2012.
At this point, D'Orazio should be seen as a camp body and a player considered a real long-shot to make the Patriots' 53-man roster. Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola are firmly entrenched as the team's top wide receivers, while young guns Aaron Dobson, Brian Tyms and Josh Boyce are the favorites to join them on the team.
Therefore, D'Orazio's best chance to remain with the Patriots in any capacity is through the practice squad. If he shows enough potential as a receiver and on special teams he might convince the coaching staff to spend one of the ten available spots on him.