Monday’s training camp practice was held inside Gillette Stadium, and thanks to Isaiah Wynn who completed a task given to him by Bill Belichick to field a punt cleanly, the Patriots had Tuesday’s practice cancelled. However, there are other interesting news from Tuesday.
In an effort to add a bit more beef to their offensive line depth as they continue to wage on through training camp, New England has signed former Titans offensive lineman Brian Schwenke. Reportedly, tight end/fullback Shane Wimann was released from the 90-man roster to make room for Schwenke.
The 27-year old lineman was originally drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Cal. After four seasons with the Titans, Schwenke departed briefly to join the Colts before ultimately finding his way back to Nashville.
The 6-foot-3, 310 pounder will bring some versatility to Foxboro given his ability to play both at center and the guard positions. He also has five years of NFL experience that he can instill in some of the young New England players.
Considering the Patriots’ offensive line that consists in David Andrews, Isaiah Wynn, Trent Brown, Marcus Cannon, Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney and others, it will be an uphill climb for Schwenke to make the opening 53-man roster.
Shane Wimann, meanwhile, was a tight end out of Northern Illinois before joining the Patriots as an undrafted free agent back in May. During his four-year career at Norther Illinois, he was able to total 65 receptions for 635 yards and 17 touchdowns.
While his departure hardly changes the dynamic of what the Patriots are set to do this upcoming year, him being the second tight end to be released during camp after Troy Niklas might indicate that the team views that position as a position of depth and/or that there really is no competition to be had in that area.