The New England Patriots signed defensive tackle Carl Davis off the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad on Wednesday, according to the NFL transaction wire.
Davis, 28, originally entered the league as a third-round draft choice in 2015. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Iowa Hawkeyes product has made additional stops with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts since then.
Davis stands with 36 games and 12 starts in his career. He has recorded 32 tackles, including two for loss, to go with a half-sack and three pass deflections over that span.
The former second-team All-Big Ten selection joined the Jaguars last November.
After serving a four-game suspension to begin the regular season for violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, Davis signed to Jacksonville’s scout team upon reinstatement Tuesday. His arrival in New England includes a temporary 53-man roster exemption.
The move comes after the Patriots placed fellow defensive tackle Byron Cowart on the Covid-19 reserve list entering Week 6. And on Wednesday, the organization officially activated starting quarterback Cam Newton.
New England is scheduled to host the Denver Broncos for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday at Gillette Stadium.