Report: Patriots Work Out Nine, Including Martez Wilson, Four Linebackers

Martez Wilson, Tyrod TaylorThe New England Patriots reportedly worked out nine players Tuesday, as they continue to adjust their 53-man roster and practice squad before the start of the season.

The Patriots worked out linebackers Derrell Johnson, Josh Kaddu, Colton Underwood and Kion Wilson, pass rusher Martez Wilson, tight ends Weslye Saunders and Allen Reisner and fullbacks Maurice Hagens and Evan Rodriguez, ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss reported Tuesday.

Wilson, a 2011 New Orleans Saints third-round draft pick, might be the most intriguing option of the nine players hosted on workouts. After playing linebacker at the University of Illinois, Wilson has bounced between linebacker and pass rusher during his three-year career. He recorded three sacks in 2012 with the Saints while playing linebacker and defensive end.

Wilson has experience playing in 3-4 and 4-3 defenses, and he impressed at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds.

Underwood signed to the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad Tuesday, according to a source.

Offensive lineman Chris Barker, who cleared waivers after being waived by the Patriots on Monday, is signing to New England’s practice squad, according to a source.

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