The New England Patriots currently have three open spots on their practice squad, and one of them could go to a rookie defensive back that was brought in for a free agency workout on Tuesday: as first reported by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Georgia product Jayson Stanley was in town to showcase his talents and possibly earn himself a role on the team.
After going undrafted in April, the Atlanta Falcons picked Stanley up and converted him from wide receiver — he caught only one 9-yard pass during his final collegiate season and served primarily on special teams — to cornerback. The 6-foot-2 defender spent the entire summer with the Falcons and earned regular playing time during preseason, allowing five receptions on 10 targets in five games for a combined 50 yards. He also had three pass-breakups.
Ultimately, however, Stanley failed to neither make Atlanta’s active roster nor the team’s practice squad. Following his release, he remained on the open market until mid-October when the Miami Dolphins brought him in for a workout. While they subsequently signed him to their practice squad, his stint with the club lasted only two weeks before the youngster was let go again. Now, he is trying to join the reigning world champions.