Patriots Try Out Four Free Agents, Sign One To Practice Squad


October 18, 2016

The New England Patriots brought in four free agents for tryouts Tuesday, and one player won a spot on the team’s practice squad.

The Patriots signed guard Jamil Douglas to their practice squad and released guard Ian Silberman. The Patriots also worked out offensive tackles Ryan Mack and Pearce Slater and defensive end Jordan Williams.

Douglas was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. He played in 16 games last season, starting six. He also appeared in one game with the Dolphins this season before being waived Oct. 1. Douglas subsequently was signed to the Dolphins’ practice squad Oct. 4 and released Oct. 11.

The Patriots have nine offensive players and just one defensive player on their practice squad.

RB Tyler Gaffney
RB Bishop Sankey
FB Glenn Gronkowski
WR Shaquelle Evans
WR Devin Lucien
WR DeAndrew White
G Chris Barker
G Jamil Douglas
G Chase Farris
SS Vinnie Sunseri

It’s likely constructed that way because the Patriots have just 23 offensive players on their 53-man roster, including core special-teamer/wide receiver Matthew Slater.

Between the practice squad and active roster, the Patriots have 32 offensive players, 28 defensive players and three specialists.

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

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