Report: Patriots Hosting Free Agents James Starks, Clay Harbor On Visits

Gillette Stadium reportedly is crowded with free agents Thursday.

The New England Patriots are hosting unrestricted free-agent running back James Starks and tight end Clay Harbor, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported. The Patriots also reportedly hosted restricted free-agent wide receiver Chris Hogan and running back Benny Cunningham on Thursday.

Starks, 30, was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Backers. He has 555 career carries for 2,361 yards and nine touchdowns in six NFL seasons. He also has 106 career receptions for 883 yards with four more scores.

Starks’ best season came in 2015, when he had 148 carries for 601 yards with two touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Buffalo product also had 43 catches for 392 yards with three touchdowns.

The Patriots have Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden, James White and Tyler Gaffney on their roster at running back. LeGarrette Blount, their leading rusher in 2015, is an unrestricted free agent.

Harbor, 28, was drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles out of Southwest Missouri State in 2010. He spent the first three years of his career with the Eagles before moving on to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Harbor, who’s 6-foot-3, 252 pounds, caught 14 passes for 149 yards with a touchdown last season. He has 111 career receptions for 1,151 yards with eight scores.

Tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Michael Williams and A.J. Derby currently are on the Patriots’ roster. They released tight end Scott Chandler with a failed physical designation last week.

Thumbnail photo via Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) before a NFC Divisional round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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