Since the NFL draft the Patriots have been making some roster moves. Most of them have happened in this past week. Often times once the draft is over, teams slow down making roster moves until training camp. Not the Patriots this year though. Bill never sleeps.
Bruce Ellington, WR – Every year the Pats sign a veteran wide receiver that doesn’t have what it takes to get through camp or maybe the preseason. Ellington didn’t even make it to camp. I mean the guy is missing a hamstring. This move doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
Jared Veldheer, OT – The Patriots are adding some depth to their offensive line with Veldheer. They also add some veteran savvy to the line as well, which although they were very skilled, they do not have that experienced presence. Veldheer is 31, and a mammoth at 6’8″ 321. Veldheer has almost exclusively been a starter for his whole career. This might mean they do not have faith in Isaiah Wynn coming back from his injury.
Ben Watson, TE – The Pats pulled the veteran tight end out of retirement to play with the team that he was drafted by. Watson adds some known ability and leadership to a position that needs it. He is also a guy that walks on the team already in Brady’s circle of trust. Watson might not be the same type of tight end Gronk was, but he is a reliable target that Brady can look to in big time situations.
Dontrelle Inman, WR – Inman was just added, and seemed to be kind of out of nowhere. He has solid size, and is a good outside threat. He is a guy that has just been alright throughout his career, so he is the perfect guy to fill that Brandon LaFell role that they have been looking for. He has some stiff competition between rookies and other free agent signings. This move makes the wide receiver battle a lot more fun going into the preseason.
-Jake Kobierski (@TheRealKobe83)