With defensive tackle Beau Allen among training camp’s recent absentees, the New England Patriots continue to monitor the market.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the organization hosted veteran free agent Xavier Williams on a tryout Wednesday.
Williams, 28, has appeared in 44 career games and notched six starts since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He’s recorded 83 combined tackles, three sacks as well as three forced fumbles across stops with the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.
A Super Bowl LIV champion, Williams spent time on injured reserve in 2019 due to a high-ankle sprain. The 6-foot-2, 309-pound Northern Iowa product checked into five contests during the regular season and was designated to return leading up to the playoffs. He would see snaps in both the AFC divisional round versus the Houston Texans and AFC title round versus the Tennessee Titans.
With Allen sidelined, New England’s interior depth chart currently includes Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Byron Cowart, Darius Kilgo and undrafted rookie Bill Murray out of William & Mary.
A pair of spots remain open on the 80-man active roster.