Even with cutdown weekend over, the New England Patriots’ roster and practice squad remain in flux. Just yesterday, the Patriots moved two players (running back Damien Harris, defensive tackle Beau Allen) from their active team to the injured reserve list while simultaneously promoting two other (running back J.J. Taylor, linebacker Cassh Maluia) from the practice squad to the 53
On top of it all, the team also had three players in for free agency workouts: wide receivers Mason Kinsey and Kristian Wilkerson as well as offensive lineman Corey Levin. Kinsey and Wilkerson, as was previously reported, are expected to eventually be signed by the team — possibly to fill Harris’ and Maluia’s former practice squad roles. With that said, let’s take a look at all three of them.
WR Mason Kinsey
Coming out of Division-III’s Berry College, Kinsey originally entered the league as an undrafted rookie signing by the Tennessee Titans earlier this year but was waived as part of Saturday’s roster cuts. He went unclaimed, and could therefore now offer developmental depth for the Patriots as another developmental wide receiver on the practice squad — one that saw him catch 203 passes for 3,343 yards and 50 (!) touchdowns. Kinsey, according to Berry College’s official Twitter account, will eventually end up signing if all goes well.
G/C Corey Levin
Levin originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick by the Titans in 2017. He did not see the field as a rookie but appeared in all 16 of Tennessee’s contests the following year, primarily as a rotational backup at the guard and center positions. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound blocker, however, failed to build on his success: he was released by Tennessee in 2019, and went on to spent some time with the Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears without seeing the field again. The Bears eventually released the 26-year-old last week.
WR Kristian Wilkerson
The second player who is reportedly expected to join the Patriots, likely through the practice squad, is Kristian Wilkerson out of Southeast Missouri State. Another undrafted rookie who could end up bolstering New England’s wide receiver depth, he broke various school records during his college career — including receiving yards (3,540) and receiving touchdowns (33). All in all, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound wideout caught 219 passes. He later joined the, you guessed it, Titans as a rookie free agent but was let go again recently.