Patriots Work Out Three Defensive Tackles, Including Ex-Jet Kenrick Ellis


The New England Patriots continued to update their free-agent Rolodex on Monday by working out defensive tackles Kenrick Ellis, Toby Johnson and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, according to a source.

Ellis was a third-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2011. He started five games in four seasons with the Jets, recording 53 tackles and one sack. He signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants on March 18 but was cut Sept. 5.

Johnson went undrafted out of Georgia before signing with the Tennessee Titans. He signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad after the summer but was cut last Tuesday.

Kitchen went undrafted out of Kent State in 2012, then spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. In three seasons with the Browns, he recorded 78 tackles, starting three games in 2014. Patriots assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi served as Browns general manager while Kitchen was on the team.

Thumbnail photo via Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets defensive end Kenrick Ellis (93) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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