The New England Patriots’ practice squad returned to capacity on Wednesday.
It is a return for Lee, who’d been signed by the Patriots off the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad in November 2017. The 25-year-old South Florida product made five starts off the edge of the New England defense to close that regular season, recording 19 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a safety and an interception. Lee appeared in Super Bowl LII, and went on to appear in nine games for the Detroit Lions after he was waived at the 2018 roster deadline. Lee began this fall on Detroit’s practice squad.
Pickett entered the league with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent in May. A 29-game starter in the UCLA secondary, Pickett led the Bruins with 123 tackles as a redshirt senior on the way to second-team All-Pac-12 recognition. The 23-year-old defensive back recorded 17 tackles and an interception during his rookie preseason with the Chargers. Pickett worked out for the Patriots in September before joining the Chargers’ practice squad.
New England’s scout team entered Wednesday at seven.