The New England Patriots are always looking for ways to improve their roster and preparing for any and all eventualities is a big part of that. As a result, the team regularly hosts free agency workouts to keep its emergency lists up to date and to have potential candidates quickly available when the need arises. Yesterday, New England brought in three more such players – they are unlikely to get signed anytime soon, but could serve as valuable call-ups in case the team has to add depth at their respective positions.
CB David Amerson
A second-round pick by the Washington Redskins in 2013, David Amerson has not yet found a long-term home in the NFL. The N.C. State product spent the first two years of his career in Washington before getting released early during the 2015 season. The 6’1, 205 lbs cornerback was subsequently claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders, who quickly made him a starter and later signed him to a four-year, $35 million contract. Just two years into his deal, however, he was let go again. Coming off a season-ending foot injury, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs but was let go again during early September’s roster cutdowns.
WR Dontrelle Inman
An undrafted free agent in 2011, it took until 2014 for Dontrelle Inman to join an NFL team’s active roster: the San Diego Chargers added the former CFL standout and he was able to make the 53-man squad in his first year with the team. The 6’3, 200lbs wideout established himself as a valuable rotational receiver for the Chargers and caught 107 passes for 1,463 yards and seven touchdowns before getting traded to the Chicago Bears midway through the 2017 season. The 29-year old was a productive rotational player in Chicago as well but was not re-signed after the years. He had been on the open market ever since.
QB Landry Jones
After having served as Ben Roethlisberger’s primary backup for the last five seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to release Landry Jones during roster cuts earlier this month – his spot had been taken over by rookie Mason Rudolph. Before being let go, the former fourth-round draft pick appeared in a combined 20 games for the team – starting five, including a 2016 meeting with the Patriots – and completed 110 passes on 174 attempts for 1,321 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.