FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots worked out a cluster of NFL veterans Friday, according to a league source.
The Patriots brought in former Buffalo Bills running back Bryce Brown and quarterback Alex Tanney for tryouts. They also worked out wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, fullback Henry Hynoski, wide receiver Austin Pettis and quarterback Dustin Vaughan.
Boykin, formerly of the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers, has 57 career receptions for 731 yards with three touchdowns. His best season came in 2013, when he caught 49 passes for 681 yards.
Hynoski was the New York Giants’ starting fullback from 2011 to 2014. The Patriots have scoured for fullbacks since starter James Develin was placed on injured reserve with a broken leg. They previously worked out former Buccaneers fullback Joey Iosefa.
Brown has played for the Bills and Philadelphia Eagles. He has 226 career carries for 1,004 yards with six touchdowns. He’s also caught 37 passes for 316 yards in his four-year career.
Pettis played under Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with the St. Louis Rams in 2011. He has 107 career receptions for 1,034 yards with nine touchdowns. Patriots wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson also were on that 2011 Rams team. Greg Salas, another former Patriots receiver, also was on that squad.
The Patriots also cut wide receiver Nathan Palmer from their practice squad to add defensive tackle Jimmy Staten.
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Thumbnail photo via Aug 14, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Bryce Brown (35) runs with the ball after a catch against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at a preseason NFL football game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports