Today is a busy day for the New England Patriots. Not only did the team return to the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium to hold its twelfth overall training camp session, it also swung a trade with the Atlanta Falcons to add Eric Saubert to its tight end depth chart. On top of it all, it now looks as if the reigning world champions also made a pair of additional transactions today (according to ESPN’s Field Yates).
Patriots re-sign offensive tackle Cole Croston
Croston originally joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent signing out of Iowa. Moving between the active roster and the practice squad during his two years with the team, he appeared in a combined six games: he saw in-game action in four contests — including the AFC Championship Game — in 2017, and in two more last season. All in all, however, he played just seventeen snaps so far (twelve on offense, five on special teams).
In late June, the Patriots temporarily pulled the plug on Croston’s tenure: the team decided to release him with a non-football injury designation in late July. Two weeks later, the 25-year-old is now back in the fold to add depth to a offensive tackle group that just saw left-side starter Isaiah Wynn have his most active day of practice this summer. Behind Wynn and right tackle Marcus Cannon, however, the depth is suspect. Croston will at least add another body to the equation.
Patriots waive cornerback D’Angelo Ross with injury designation
The Patriots signed the New Mexico product as part of their first wave of rookie free agency additions this year. Given the comparatively low investment on the team’s side and his status as a draft-day afterthought, however, the 22-year-old entered training camp on the roster bubble. That being said, he looked good during New England’s early training camp and appeared to be headed at least to the practice squad.
He failed to build on his practice performance during last week’s preseason opener, though, and was on the field for just six combined snaps (two on defense, four on special teams). It looks like an injury might have been the reason for his almost nonexistent output: the Patriots waived Ross with an injury designation today. He will now go through the waiver wire and revert to New England’s injured reserve list if not claimed.