Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Projecting the next Pats' addition
By Mike Reiss
After addressing practice depth along the offensive line with the Monday signings of guard/center Tyronne Green and tackle/guard R.J. Mattes, the Patriots still have one open spot on their 90-man roster.
Any guesses as to how they fill it?
One option the team previously hosted for a workout, veteran running back Felix Jones, agreed to a deal with the Eagles this morning, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The breakdown of the Patriots' roster currently looks like this:
Given this split, one could make a case for the Patriots to lean toward defense. The club had linebacker Brandon Johnson in for a workout on Monday, while former Patriots such as defensive end Trevor Scott and linebacker Tracy White and defensive back Derrick Martin remain on the market. And, of course, there are more well-known veterans like defensive end John Abraham and defensive back Charles Woodson still unsigned.
There is no glaring need from this perspective and economic considerations are always in play. I'm surprised that Scott remains unsigned, and think he would be a solid addition in adding another layer of competition at defensive end while also factoring into the special teams mix. He played 22 percent of the defensive snaps for the Patriots last season (14 games played, 2 starts), and was a capable fill-in when called upon (two sacks vs. Miami on Dec. 2).