The New England Patriots had a pretty busy Saturday: not only did the world champions make multiple trades to move all over the board, they also added plenty of talent to their roster. When the dust had settled, the Patriots came away with five players between rounds four and seven before becoming active in the subsequent free agency period. As things stand right now, New England has brought in 10 unselected prospects so far.
Let’s take a look at the players, who are not yet officially signed but have already been reported as additions:
WR Jakobi Myers, N.C. State
WR Xavier Ubosi, UAB
OT Calvin Anderson, Texas
SS Malik Gant, Marshall
LB Terez Hall, Missouri
OT Tyree St. Louis, Miami
TE Andrew Beck, Texas
OC Tyler Gauthier, Miami
WR Ryan Davis, Auburn
RB Nick Brossette, LSU
New England headed into the NFL’s undrafted free agency with 10 open roster spots, and the majority of which have already been filled if the reports of the signings turn out to be accurate. The two most targeted positions groups one day into the undrafted signing period are wide receiver and the offensive line with three players each getting added to the roster at the respective spot.
Given the Patriots’ current roster composition, it looks as if the wide receivers had the best chances of making New England’s 53-man team — and of keeping the 15-year long streak of at least one unselected player being on the team on opening day alive. Ultimately, however, it would still not be a surprise if none of them or the other undrafted rookies found a way onto the Patriots’ squad given the overall depth of the roster at most positions.
On top of the ten reported signings, the Patriots have also invited a player to participate in their rookie minicamp next month:
LS A.J. Hantak, Eastern Illinois
Given the status of New England’s long snapper situation — Joe Cardona is the undisputed top option at the position — Hantak will likely be little more than a possible emergency option.