Four free agents paid a midweek visit to Gillette Stadium.
As the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson and ESPN’s Field Yates reported Thursday, the New England Patriots updated the rolodex by hosting wide receiver Ryan Grant as well as tight ends Gabe Holmes, Ben Koyack and Eric Tomlinson for workouts.
Grant, released by the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, originally entered the league in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. The 28-year-old wideout has appeared in 80 career games across stops with the Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts and Raiders while accruing 123 receptions for 1,333 yards and seven touchdowns. Grant’s most productive season arrived in 2017 with Washington, when the Tulane product caught 45 passes for 573 yards and four scores. The Raiders had signed Grant to a one-year deal in April.
New England’s active depth chart at wide receiver currently stands with Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski and captain Matthew Slater. Cameron Meredith and N’Keal Harry offer insurance while on physically unable to perform and injured reserve, respectively.
And at tight end, where veteran Ben Watson is scheduled to return from suspension next week, the Patriots roster a pair in Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo while converted Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan resides on the practice squad.
Holmes, Koyack and Tomlinson join the emergency list.
Holmes, 28, has spent time with the Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and Colts since arriving as an undrafted rookie out of Purdue in 2015. Holmes has checked into 10 games, starting four, during his NFL tenure.
Koyack, 26, was a seventh-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2015, and played in 37 games during his stay while collecting 24 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown.
And Tomlinson, 27, went undrafted in 2015 and has been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, New York Jets and New York Giants since then. Over 39 contests, the former UTEP Miner has collected 16 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown.
New England remains at capacity heading into Sunday’s meeting with the Buffalo Bills.