Saturday, August 30, 2014
Cornell's Mathews among Patriots' tryouts
By Mike Reiss
The New England Patriots haven't just been busy formulating their 53-man roster, but they have also taken a closer look at some other available players over the past 24 hours. The following players were in for tryouts, perhaps to also give the Patriots a different perspective on some of the players on their own roster:
Armon Binns -- Third-year receiver has spent time with the Bengals (2011-2012) and most recently with the Dolphins (2013). He is 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, has 24 career receptions, and was released by the Dolphins in the cut to 75 players this week.
Omar Brown -- Third-year safety from Marshall appeared in four games with the Ravens over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He was with the Ravens in training camp and released as part of the cut to 75 players.
Deveron Carr -- Second-year cornerback out of Arizona State played in nine games last season for the Greg Schiano-coached Buccaneers, and was with the Lovie-Smith-led Buccaneers again in training camp this year before being waived in the cut to 75 players.
Jermelle Cudjo -- A fourth-year defensive tackle out of Oklahoma, he appeared in 38 games with the Rams over a three-season span (2010, 2012 and 2013), so he has a connection with current Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly. Cudjo was waived by the Rams in May, and then he hooked on with the Chiefs, who released him in the cut to 75 players this week.
Hebron Fangupo -- A second-year defensive tackle who is 29 years old, he was with the Seahawks (2012) and Steelers (2013), appearing in five games over that time. The former Brigham Young product was with the Steelers this training camp before being let go at the 75-player cut. He is 6-foot-0 and 324 pounds.
Cam Henderson -- A first-year defensive end out of Central Florida, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Henderson has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game. He was with the Browns in training camp this year and waived in the cut to 75 players.
Aaron Hester -- A first-year cornerback out of UCLA, he was with the Lions until he was waived this week in the cut to 75 players. He has not appeared in an NFL regular-season game after trying to hook on with the Broncos last year as an undrafted free agent.
Rashad Lawrence -- The 6-foot-1, 190-pound rookie receiver out of Northwestern was with Washington in training camp and waived in the cutdown to 75 players. The Patriots practiced against him in early August before New England and Washington faced off in the preseason opener.
Jeff Mathews -- Rookie quarterback from Cornell who went undrafted was with the Falcons in training camp and was part of their initial cuts, as those who watched "Hard Knocks" saw this past Tuesday.
Kevin Reddick -- Second-year linebacker out of North Carolina, he appeared in 16 games for the Saints last season (0 starts) as a core special teamer. The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Reddick was waived as part of the Saints' cut to 75 this week.
Jerome Smith -- Rookie running back from Syracuse, who went undrafted, was with the Falcons in training camp and waived in the cut to 75 players.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson -- Third-year quarterback out of Sacramento State has been with the Vikings (2012-2013) and 49ers (2013). The 6-foot-3, 230-pound signal-caller was with San Francisco this training camp and part of the cuts to get down to 75 players.