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2021 Patriots practice squad and waiver wire tracker: News, rumors, signings, instant analysis, and more

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The New England Patriots’ initial 53-man roster for the 2020 season has been set, and the team will now begin to establish its first practice squad.

As of 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, the claiming deadline for players with less than four accrued seasons on their respective résumés has passed. Players that have been let go over the last two days are now subject to the waiver wire — including 21 now-former Patriots. All of them could, in theory be scooped up by other clubs.

The Patriots can soon begin to add up to 16 previously released players to their practice squad as both a scout team for the regular season and as depth in case of injury. Given the new practice squad rules that allow teams to bring back up to six players regardless of their experience, all of the 21 players let go on Tuesday are now potential candidates to be added again.

In order to stay on top of all the moves New England will make over the next few hours, please make sure to bookmark and regularly revisit our up-to-the-minute tracker below.


Patriots practice squad signings

TE Matt LaCosse

DB Myles Bryant

G Alex Redmond

WR Tre Nixon

DT Bill Murray

WR Kristian Wilkerson

CB D’Angelo Ross

QB Brian Hoyer

LB Jahlani Tavai

LB Tashawn Bower

FB Ben Mason

QB Garrett Gilbert

OL James Ferentz

OL Will Sherman

K Nick Folk

DT Daniel Ekuale

*reported but not yet official


Patriots waiver wire claims

WR Malcolm Perry


Patriots waiver wire/free agency losses

No players waived by the Patriots were claimed on Wednesday.

DB Dee Virgin to the San Francisco practice squad

DB Michael Jackson Sr. to the Seattle practice squad

WR Isaiah Zuber to the San Francisco practice squad

*reported but not yet official


Patriots news/transactions/rumors

Sept. 1

  • The Patriots were awarded converted receiver Malcolm Perry off waivers from the Miami Dolphins, according to Wednesday’s noon transaction wire. Perry, a former quarterback at Navy, was selected in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL draft after setting a single-season FBS record at the position with 2,017 rushing yards. The 24-year-old appeared in nine games as a rookie, catching nine passes for 92 yards and a touchdown while also rushing three times for five yards.
  • Tight end Matt LaCosse has agreed to sign to the Patriots’ practice squad, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. The 28-year-old was released on Tuesday as New England went with a depth chart of three. LaCosse, who opted out of last season, originally joined the Patriots in March 2019. He caught caught 13 passes for 131 yards with one touchdown that campaign.
  • Defensive back Myles Bryant has joined the New England practice squad after clearing waivers, per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus. The 23-year-old Washington Huskies product began 2020 on the Patriots’ practice squad after arriving as an undrafted free agent. Bryant went on to be added to the 53-man roster, appearing in 11 games between cornerback and safety to total nine tackles and one interception.
  • Veteran guard Alex Redmond has agreed to join the Patriots’ practice squad, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reported. The 26-year-old Redmond had signed in May after appearing in 32 games and making 24 starts with the Cincinnati Bengals. Redmond went undrafted out of UCLA in 2016.
  • Rookie seventh-round pick Tre Nixon has agreed to sign to the New England practice squad, as first reported by the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels. The wideout by way of Ole Miss and Central Florida landed at pick No. 242 overall in the spring as the last draft selection made by retiring Patriots football research director Ernie Adams.
  • Second-year defensive tackle Bill Murray has agreed to remain in Foxborough on the practice squad, a source confirmed to Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyed. The 2020 undrafted arrival out of William & Mary spent all of his rookie season on the scout team and was in on a pair of sacks in Sunday’s preseason finale.
  • Wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson intends to remain with the Patriots on the practice squad, CLNS Media’s Evan Lazar shared. The 24-year-old Southeast Missouri State standout spent his rookie season on the scout team in New England and once served as a standard elevation. Wilkerson caught 13 passes during the preseason.
  • Cornerback D’Angelo Ross is set to sign with the Patriots practice squad for the third season in a row, according to CLNS Media’s Evan Lazar. He will serve as an emergency option at both slot and outside corner.
  • According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, the Patriots are signing QB Brian Hoyer to their practice squad. The move could be similar to what they did with Nick Folk early on in 2020. Essentially using the two practice squad elevations that are given early on before having to make a final decision on who Hoyer will replace on the roster.
  • Field Yates of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots are expected to sign former Lions second-round pick Jahlani Tavai to their practice squad. Tavai started in 16 games for the Lions under Patriots football advisor Matt Patricia.
  • Outside linebacker Tashawn Bower has been retained by New England on the practice squad, according to the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels. The 26-year-old LSU product has been in the building since November 2019, and was called up from the practice squad to appear in seven games last season. Those games included three starts for Bower, who notched 11 tackles and a batted pass. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.
  • Cornerback Dee Virgin has agreed to join the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad, according to Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790. The Patriots had released the 27-year-old West Alabama product at the 53-man deadline after being signed in January. He played 82 snaps in the defensive backfield over the course of the preseason and also saw work at gunner.
  • Rookie fullback Ben Mason has agreed to terms with the Patriots’ practice squad, according to a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The addition comes a day after NFL Player Pathway Program alum Jakob Johnson made the 53-man roster in New England. Mason, 22, was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round out of Michigan this spring. He played both sides of the ball and on special teams during his 45-game Wolverines career.
  • The Patriots released linebacker Harvey Langi in a procedural move first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN. Langi, a 28-year-old vested veteran, is not subject to waivers and marks the corresponding move to New England claiming Perry from Miami. He is expected to re-sign once wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who suffered a shoulder injury in the second week of the preseason, officially goes on injured reserve to begin the regular season.
  • The Patriots will be adding a second QB to their practice squad. Field Yates of ESPN has reported that New England is signing Garrett Gilbert after his release from the Dallas Cowboys. Gilbert previously spent time within the organization in 2014 and 2015, winning a Super Bowl as a part of New England’s practice squad.
  • Mike Reiss of ESPN has reported three more names to add to the list of Patriots practice squad additions. Offensive linemen James Ferentz and Will Sherman as well as kicker Nick Folk were three new signings that had yet to be reported. Ferentz and Sherman will serve as depth pieces against the Patriots’ top defensive unit in practice, while Folk will be the insurance policy to Quinn Nordin at kicker.
  • The Patriots confirmed 12 of the additions to the practice squad on Wednesday evening. Each of the 12 had been with the organization during training camp.

Sept. 2

  • Cornerback Michael Jackson Sr. has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad, the organization announced Thursday. The Miami Hurricanes product had been waived by the Patriots at the 53-man roster deadline after originally being acquired via trade last summer. Jackson spent 2020 on the New England practice squad and was elevated for the finale in January. He entered the league as a Dallas Cowboys fifth-round pick in 2019.
  • The Patriots formally announced the reported signings of quarterback Garrett Gilbert, fullback Ben Mason and linebacker Jahlani Tavai to the scout team. All three outside additions were spotted during the media portion of Thursday’s practice.

Sept. 3

  • In addition to cornerback Dee Virgin, the San Francisco 49ers made the signing of wide receiver Isaiah Zuber to the practice squad official on Friday. Zuber had been in for a workout and his agreement was previously unreported. The 2020 UDFA out of Mississippi State and Kansas State caught a touchdown in New England’s preseason finale. He had two catches for 29 yards and two carries for 21 yards as a rookie.

Sept. 5

  • The Patriots filled the final open spot on the 16-man practice squad by signing defensive lineman Daniel Ekuale. The 27-year-old Washington State product originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. Ekuale has recorded 17 tackles and one sack through 16 career games. He started five contests for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.