Patriots Host 10 Players For Free Agent Tryouts, Including Quarterback

Devlin Hodges headlined the Patriots' 10-player tryout group


September 7, 2021

The New England Patriots welcomed nearly a dozen NFL free agents to Gillette Stadium for tryouts on Tuesday.

Headlining that 10-player list was quarterback Devlin Hodges, who started six games for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. Hodges spent last season on the Steelers’ practice squad and was with the Los Angeles Rams this preseason.

The Patriots also worked out tight ends Miller Forristall and Nakia Griffin-Stewart, wide receiver Connor Wedington, fullback Nick Bawden, defensive backs Grayland Arnold and Joshua Moon, defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao, center Lamont Gaillard and guard Jake Eldrenkamp.

Forristall was a teammate of Patriots quarterback Mac Jones at Alabama. Eldrenkamp spent three months with New England in the spring of 2019. Griffin-Stewart (New York Giants) and Arnold (Philadelphia Eagles) practiced against the Patriots last month.

Bawden is a former college quarterback who played for Patriots advisor Matt Patricia in Detroit. Wedington was mentioned as a potential Patriots draft target earlier this year after testing in the 91st percentile in the three-cone drill (6.66 seconds) and the 87th percentile in the short shuttle (4.07 seconds) at his pro day.

The Patriots will open the regular season Sunday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.

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