More than three weeks removed from the start of free agency and less than three weeks remaining before the start of the draft, NFL rosters are neither here nor there.
But this is a fitting time to check in on the New England Patriots’ familiarity around the AFC East.
As things stand, there are 12 former Patriots players under contract elsewhere in the division between the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
That list of ex-Patriots doesn’t include tight end AJ Derby and guard-slash-center Ryan Groy at this time. But here’s a quick glance at who’s currently on the books and where.
Kenneth Farrow, running back – Farrow, most recently with the Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio Commanders, joined the Dolphins on Tuesday. The 2016 undrafted free agent out of Houston closed this past preseason with the Patriots, and had a pair of stints on New England’s practice squad between September and November before signing on with the AAF.
Dwayne Allen, tight end – The Patriots opened more than $7 million in cap space with the release of Allen on March 2. And by March 9, the tight end was a Dolphin on a two-year deal worth $7 million. Allen caught 13 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown while in New England, starting 16 of his 29 games after coming over from the Indianapolis Colts in a swap of fourth- and sixth-round picks in 2017.
Eric Rowe, cornerback – Rowe, who entered into 21 games over three regular seasons with the Patriots, signed with the Dolphins shortly after the 2019 league year began. He follows his position coach, Josh Boyer, as well as de-facto Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Rowe started 12 games with New England, accruing 51 tackles, 11 passes defensed, one interception and two Super Bowl rings.
Jomal Wiltz, cornerback – Wiltz did not sign a reserve-futures contract with New England after spending the entirety of 2018 and the majority of the 2017 on the team’s practice squad. The 24-year-old Iowa State product instead latched on with the Flores, Boyer and Co. in Miami Gardens this February. Wiltz posted 10 tackles this past preseason with the Patriots.
Eric Smith, offensive tackle – Smith finds himself with his third AFC East organization since going undrafted out of Virginia in 2017. He spent his rookie year between the Dolphins’ active roster and injured reserve, and was on the Patriots’ practice squad for more than 15 weeks in 2018. Smith joined the Jets’ 53-man roster this past December, and finished it among the inactives.
Harvey Langi, linebacker – Langi checked in as the top undrafted Patriots signing of 2017. The BYU linebacker recorded one tackle in his NFL debut, yet went on non-football injury after a serious car accident left both Langi and his wife hospitalized. Waived by the Patriots last summer, Langi signed to the Jets’ practice squad in October. He landed on the injured list three weeks into his stay before re-upping on a futures pact.
Darryl Roberts, cornerback – New England made Roberts pick No. 247 overall in 2015. The Marshall corner would reside on IR as a rookie and went to waivers a year later. The Jets claimed Roberts. And a Jet he has remained, signing a three-year deal worth up to $18 million last month. Roberts appeared in every game in 2018, picking off one pass while notching a career-high 10 starts and 48 tackles.
Conor McDermott, offensive tackle – The fourth and final selection in New England’s abbreviated draft class of 2017, McDermott would be waived and claimed by Labor Day weekend. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound UCLA Bruin, taken at pick No. 211 overall, has since logged snaps in eight games over his two regular seasons with Buffalo. McDermott played 22 snaps on offense and 23 on special teams in 2018.
LaAdrian Waddle, offensive tackle – Waddle signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Bills this March. The 27-year-old previously served as the Patriots’ top swing tackle, starting seven games and entering into 28 since the beginning of 2017. New England originally claimed the Texas Tech Red Raider off waivers from the Detroit Lions in December 2015.
Robert Thomas, defensive tackle – Thomas’ cup of coffee with the Patriots came on the practice squad in November 2015. The defensive tackle via Arkansas would be signed off New England’s 10-man scout team by the Dolphins after a matter of weeks. Thomas has been a member of the Bills since last September, on both the practice squad and 53, entering into two games.
Ryan Lewis, cornerback – A Bills waiver claim in the fall of 2018, Lewis went on to play in seven games and start three of them this past campaign. He netted 15 tackles, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles in the process. Lewis previously spent all but one week on the Patriots’ practice squad in 2017 after originally breaking in as a Arizona Cardinals undrafted free agent from Pittsburgh.
Corey Bojorquez, punter – Though Bojorquez never appeared in a preseason game for the Patriots last summer, the punter by way of New Mexico and Cerritos College would appear in eight games during the regular season for Buffalo before going to injured reserve. Bojorquez punted 45 times for an average of 45.1 yards and a long of 60. He saw 22 of his punts land inside the 20-yard line as a rookie.