Wims, 27, landed with Chicago in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL draft. The Georgia product would go on to appear in 33 games and make seven starts from there. His stay brought 28 receptions for 266 yards with two touchdowns. Wims played 811 offensive snaps over that span before being waived by the Bears leading up to the league’s deadline in August.
In addition to Wims, New England reportedly worked out quarterback Anthony Gordon, wide receiver Jaylen Smith, as well as defensive backs Kentrell Brice, Shakur Brown and Grant Haley.
Gordon, 24, went undrafted out of Washington State last year after throwing for 5,579 yards with 48 touchdowns and 16 interceptions as a redshirt senior. The second-team All-Pac-12 selection has been a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs since then.
Smith, 24, signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent in 2019. The former Louisville wideout has also been rostered by the Seahawks and the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.
Brice, 27, made stops with the Bears, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted out of Louisiana Tech in 2016. The veteran safety’s career has featured time with the XFL’s Seattle Dragons and CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, as well. Brice has logged 100 tackles, one sack and one interception through 36 NFL contests.
Brown, 22, agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent following April’s draft. The 2020 first-team All-Big Ten pick out of Michigan State began September on Kansas City’s practice squad.
Haley, 25, spent two seasons with the New York Giants after arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2018. The cornerback by way of Penn State spent last campaign with the New Orleans Saints as part of the practice squad and as an elevation. Through 25 games and 12 starts, Haley has recorded 82 tackles, one sack and one interception.
The Patriots also hosted interior offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp, who spent the 2019 offseason with the organization, on a visit.
New England currently stands with a full active roster following the official signing of kicker Nick Folk. An opening remains on the practice squad of 16 with Tuesday’s addition of rookie center Drake Jackson.