The New England Patriots are busy these days. After trading for wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday – a move that was made official yesterday –, the team also brought in three players for free agency workouts (according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss). Let’s take a look at them:
QB Kyle Allen
After going undrafted earlier this year, the Carolina Panthers added Kyle Allen as a free agent. The Houston product saw plenty of action early in the team’s preseason but ultimately failed to challenge former Patriots practice squad passer in Taylor Heinicke for a spot on the team. Allen, who finished his senior year in college with a 76.2% completion percentage (80 of 105), 751 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions, was signed to the practice squad but released after the Panthers’ season opener.
RB Andre Ellington
A versatile running back that amassed over 3,000 yards from scrimmage over the course of his five-year career, Andre Ellington has been on the open market since the start of free agency. The 29-year old, who spent the majority of his career so far with the Arizona Cardinals, is an experienced runner between the tackle that also has seen plenty of targets in the passing game. Despite his smaller stature, he is there not unlike Patriots offseason acquisition Jeremy Hill, who was placed on injured reserve last week due to a torn ACL.
RB Charcandrick West
Charcandrick West is another experienced running back brought in for a workout. The 27-year old has been used as a ball carrier and receiver out of the backfield since joining the league in 2014 – he has amassed 341 offensive touches for a combined 1,551 yards and 12 touchdowns –, and that also is no stranger to special teams. West, like Ellington, could therefore be a candidate for the fourth running back spot currently occupied by Kenjon Barner.
Like they always do, the Patriots are again trying to keep their emergency lists updated: all three players brought in play at rather deep positions at the moment but could be called upon in case of injury or performance issues with the depth options at their respective spots – namely practice squad quarterback Danny Etling (less likely) and depth running back Kenjon Barner (more likely).