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Former New Orleans Saints, Alabama safety/special teamer Vinnie Sunseri worked out for the Patriots

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The 24-year old was brought in for a workout last week.

While the New England Patriots have one of the deepest and most talented safety corps in the entire league, they continue to look for ways to potentially improve it – be it via the draft or via free agency. Earlier this week, it was reported that the team recently worked out former Pro Bowler and Atlanta Falcon William Moore.

Today, news of another workout became public. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Patriots worked out free agent Vinnie Sunseri last week:

Former #Saints S Vinnie Sunseri worked out for the #Patriots last week. His recovery from ACL surgery is going well (hit 9 month mark).

The 24-year old was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints, with whom the Patriots held joint-practices last summer, in the fifth round of the 2014 draft – out of one of Bill Belichick's favorite college programs: Alabama. However, Sunseri struggled to stay healthy in his two years in the NFL, ending both campaigns on injured reserve (broken arm in '14, ACL tear in '15).

As has been the case with Moore's recent workout, this should not be seen as much more than the team doing its due diligence, while simultaneously taking a look at his rehabilitation process. After all, the Patriots' safety position is one of the deepest on the roster.

Still, there are a few more aspects to consider. Sunseri, once healthy, could potentially be a solid depth option as a safety/linebacker hybrid, whose core responsibilities would come as a special teamer. Furthermore, he could be a camp body to take some pressure of those above him on the respective depth charts, while also being an insurance option in case of injury.

At one point last season, the Patriots have had a combined 10 safeties on their roster and practice squad. Given the recent workouts at the position, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see something similar happen again this year.