Wheatley, 25, went undrafted in 2020 after playing tight end at Michigan, Stony Brook and Morgan State. He converted to the offensive line while with the Blues of The Spring League, and spent the 2021 regular season on the Chicago Bears’ practice squad before signing with the Las Vegas Raiders in May.
Waived midway through August by Las Vegas, with whom his position coach was former Patriots assistant Carmen Bricillo, Wheatley had played in two preseason games and recovered a fumble. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound bookend is the son of 1995 New York Giants first-round pick and current Denver Broncos running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley Sr., who totaled 5,862 yards and 47 touchdowns from scrimmage across 10 NFL campaigns.
The Patriots also had wide receiver Dazz Newsome, offensive tackle Derek Kerstetter and defensive back Bubba Bolden in for weekend workouts, according to the transaction wire.
Newsome, 23, had his scheduled visit previously reported Friday by Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound North Carolina product entered the league with Chicago in the sixth round of the 2021 draft at No. 221 overall. He appeared in three games during his rookie year, catching two passes for 23 yards and returning six punts for 75 yards.
Kerstetter, 23, initially signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie out of Texas. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound blocker appeared 58 games with 49 starts during his Longhorns tenure. He earned 2021 first-team All-Big 12 honors from coaches and second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press.
Bolden, 23, was waived by the Seattle Seahawks as active rosters around the league reduced to 80. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound undrafted arrival began his collegiate career at USC before transferring to Miami, and started 17 of his 36 games to record 135 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.
The NFL’s 53-man deadline is set for 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.