The football world never sleeps and neither does the New England Patriots’ front office - not even after a blowout victory. That is why just one day after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17, the team has signed two players to fill out the 10-man practice squad.
According to a press release by the Patriots, they brought back two familiar players yesterday: running back Tyler Gaffney and fullback Glenn Gronkowski.
Gaffney is in his third year in the NFL after being selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft. However, the team waived him with an injury designation early in his first training camp. New England picked Gaffney up and subsequently placed him on injured reserve. He spent his second season on the list as well, and also started this year there. However, the Patriots released him with an injury settlement two days before their opening game. Now, the 25-year old, who has shown promise in preseason but has yet to play a competitive NFL game, returns via the team’s practice squad.
As does Glenn Gronkowski, whom New England first signed to its practice squad on October 1. ‘Baby Gronk’ originally started his career with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted earlier this year. He appeared in one game for the team before being released and joining the Patriots. After two weeks on New England’s practice squad, the team let the 23-year old go last week, only to bring him back yesterday.
As a result, the Patriots now have 10 of a possible 10 players signed to their practice squad. They are as follows:
OL Chris Barker
WR Shaquelle Evans
OL Chase Farris
RB Tyler Gaffney
FB Glenn Gronkowski
WR Devin Lucien
RB Bishop Sankey
OL Ian Silberman
DB Vinnie Sunseri
WR DeAndrew White