The New England Patriots’ 53-man roster appears to be set heading into the regular season opener against the Houston Texans, but that does not mean that the team is not looking at potential additions. Over the course of the last few days, New England brought in 13 current free agents for tryouts: eight on Wednesday, five more on Friday.
ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss shared the list of players that were brought in during the second wave of workouts:
Patriots tryouts: G Tony Adams, G Spencer Drango, C Jake Eldrenkamp, DB Kalan Reed, DB Josh Robinson. Team is always exploring options and updating emergency lists.
While undrafted rookie Tony Adams and second-year man Jake Eldrenkamp have yet to appear in an NFL contest, the other three players visiting New England yesterday bring actual in-game experience to the table (some more than others, though).
Kalen Reed, a former seventh-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans, appeared in seven games over the course of his two years as a pro. However, the primary special teamer, was placed on injured reserve in mid-August after breaking his foot. He was released shortly afterwards and is on the open market since. New England bringing him in might therefore have more to do with physical evaluations than a plan to soon add the 24-year.
Like Reed, Spancer Drango was also drafted in 2016 – albeit two rounds earlier by the Cleveland Browns. He started his career as a versatile backup but was thrust into a starting role both last year and during his rookie campaign. In 2017, the Baylor product took over for Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas after an injury ended his streak of having played 10,363 consecutive offensive snaps. Despite his experience, Drango was let go last week.
Speaking of experience, none of the five players brought in has more than Josh Robinson: the 2012 third-round draft selection appeared in 76 combined games for the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he started his career as a promising defensive back, the 27-year old saw the vast majority of his snaps over the last three seasons in the kicking game. But despite limited defensive contributions, Robinson was still a valuable and productive player for the Vikings and later Buccaneers.
At the end of the day, it would be a surprise to see the Patriots sign one of the five players any time soon given their lack of upside. However, there is a chance that the team will keep all five of the players brought in on its emergency call-up lists.