The 2019 NFL draft is over, which means that now is the time to turn the focus towards undrafted free agency. The New England Patriots, of course, are one of the most attractive destinations for unselected college players because they know that they will be given a fair shot to compete under Bill Belichick. After all, the team has an active 15-year streak of at least one undrafted player making the 53-man roster.
At the conclusion of the seventh round, the Patriots have 10 open spots on their 90-man offseason roster and they are in need of more depth at some positions: from tight end — the biggest question mark on the team right now — to wide receiver to linebacker. Don’t be surprised if New England signed a few more cornerbacks, running backs and defensive linemen as camp bodies, too. In short: look for the team to be rather active over the next few days.
We will track all of the rumors and additions here. Feel free to post signings you see in the comments.
Patriots undrafted free agency signings
WR Jakobi Myers, N.C. State (6016, 203 lbs): A bigger slot receiver at 6’2, Myers has the quickness and ball skills to find success at the next level. Despite not being the most explosive wideout, Myers was productive during his final season at N.C. State: appearing in 12 games, he caught a team-high 92 passes for 1,047 yards and 4 touchdowns. (via YM APAA Sports)
WR Xavier Ubosi, UAB (6030, 215 lbs): Playing in a run-first offense, Ubosi finished his 2018 campaign with just 35 receptions for 837 yards and 8 touchdowns. But while he has solid production on his résumé considering the circumstances, and despite bringing good size and athleticism to the table, his age — Ubosi is already 25 — and minimal route tree make him a work in progress. (via Terez Paylor)
OT Calvin Anderson, Texas (6050, 300 lbs): Anderson is a raw prospect at this point in his career: he has the frame to find success as a run blocker and pass protector, but needs to work on his hand usage and improve his fluidity. All in all, the 23-year-old is a project for Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia to work with — but should not necessarily be counted on to grow into anything more than a camp body. (via Calvin Anderson)
SS Malik Gant, Marshall (5116, 209 lbs): A physical defensive back, Gant was used in various ways at Marshall. Given his frame and tackling abilities, however, he appears best suited to serve as a safety/linebacker hybrid at the next level: aligning closer to the box allows him to play off strengths in the running game and should ideally give him more favorable coverage matchups against tight ends and running backs. (via Ben Standig)
LB Terez Hall, Missouri (6011, 230 lbs): What Hall may lack in size, he makes up with his physicality as a downhill defender and coverage player. While his decision making and general feel for the game need to improve, he could find a role on the Patriots’ roster as a depth linebacker and special teams option. Hall was given a guaranteed $70,000 base salary as well as a $10,000 signing bonus. (via Mike Reiss and Aaron Wilson)
OT Tyree St. Louis, Miami (6050, 305 lbs): St. Louis brings plenty of experience — he started 34 straight games to end his college career — and versatility to the table, as well as an intriguing frame. However, the Miami product needs to improve all facets of his technique to become more consistent in the running and the passing game. (via Tom Pelissero)
TE Andrew Beck, Texas (6040, 260 lbs): Serving primarily as a blocking tight end, Beck caught just 39 passes for 435 yards and 4 touchdown during his collegiate career. A team captain at Texas, he has adequate size to improve as a target in the aerial game but lacks the functional athleticism and route-running skills to make that step just yet. (via Derek Warehime)
OC Tyler Gauthier, Miami (6050, 300 lbs): Gauthier served as Miami’s starting center for the last two years and therefore brings lots of experience to the table. A solid pass protector than surrendered no sacks in 2018 and only 10 total pressures, he also possesses the versatility and size to successfully line up as a guard. (via EnterSports Management)
WR Ryan Davis, Auburn (5099, 189 lbs): Playing alongside Patriots fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham, Davis led Auburn in receptions (69) and yards (546) in 2018. He lined up all over the formation for the Tigers, but projects primarily as a slot receiver at the next level due to his combination of quickness and size. Davis also has experience as a punt returner. (via himself)
RB Nick Brossette, LSU (5111, 209 lbs): 2018 was Brossette’s breakout season at LSU, as he lead the team with 240 carries, 1,039 yards and 14 touchdowns. Despite being a physical runner with solid vision and skills as a pass protector, Brossette does not stand out in any particular category. In New England, he will therefore serve as a depth option behind Sony Michel and third-round rookie Damien Harris. (via Jacques Doucet)
CB D’Angelo Ross, New Mexico (5080, 175 lbs): Despite his height, Ross earned a starting spot in New Mexico and turned into a productive player for the Lobos: the speester registered a pair of interceptions and six additional pass deflections. At the next level, he will likely have to make his mark through special teams or as a slot cornerback. (via Aaron Wilson)
Patriots rookie minicamp invites
LS A.J. Hantak, Eastern Illinois (6040, 240 lbs) Hantak’s college career already ended after the 2017 season, but he has reportedly been invited to this year’s rookie minicamp by the Patriots. An experienced long snapper who also worked as a graduated assistant at Eastern Illinois, Hantak is a longshot to join the Patriots’ roster but might have some value as an emergency option. (via James Paul)