FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots finally added a fullback Wednesday.
The Patriots signed fullback Joey Iosefa, filling out their 10-man practice squad, according to a source. Iosefa was selected in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was cut Sept. 1. He participated in practice Wednesday with the Patriots.
The 6-foot, 247-pound Hawaii product had 512 carries for 2,218 yards and 21 touchdowns in four college seasons. He also caught 60 passes for 438 yards and three scores.
Iosefa ran a 4.80-second 40-yard dash at his pro day in March with a 7.09-second 3-cone, a 4.28-second short shuttle, a 32.5-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump. He put up 30 reps on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Patriots didn’t sign a fullback after starter James Develin suffered a broken leg in their final preseason game and was placed on injured reserve. They’ve used guard Shaq Mason as a fullback in short-yardage situations.
Here is the Patriots’ full practice squad:
FB Joey Iosefa
OT Brennan Williams
OG Chris Barker
OT Blaine Clausell
WR Austin Hill
WR Chris Harper
TE Asante Cleveland
LB Eric Martin
LB Darius Fleming
CB Brandon Dixon
Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Aug 29, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Joey Iosefa (33) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports