The New England Patriots are always open for a change, and it seems like they have bigger plans for their roster. The team worked out five free agents Friday, and we already know of them.
decided to give a change to quarterback Mike White and wide receivers Deontay
Burnett, Amara Darboh, Anthony Johnson and Spencer Schnell. The information was confirmed by ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Darboh was part of the
Patriots roster at the beginning of the 2018 season. The Seattle Seahawks
waived the 2017 third-round pick on Aug. 27.
The Dallas Cowboys
selected White in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Western
Kentucky. They cut him on Aug. 31.
Burnett was undrafted out
of the University of Southern California last spring. He played with the
Tennessee Titans and New York Jets. The receiver was able to catch 10 passes
for 143 yards in five games with the Jets in 2018. He was cut Aug. 31.
Johnson was undrafted out
of Illinois State ths spring. He was able to catch seven passes for 119 yards
with the Buccaneers in Week 1 of the preseason, but was eliminated on Aug. 31.
The Patriots don’t have a
quarterback or receiver on their practice unit. They have two quarterbacks and
seven receivers on the 53-man roster. These five players are fit for the
Patriots practice squad.
Stidham is now a backup quarterback for Tom Brady. The Patriots released Brian Hoyer in the final roster trimmings.
“I obviously got the news that I’m the No. 2 guy,” the rookie said Sunday.
“I’m very excited for this role, obviously. But (I’m) getting back to work and
working as hard as I ever have and trying to do everything I can to help out
this team and to help Tom out. That’s my job.”
“This is obviously a huge opportunity for me, but the work’s not done,”
Stidham said. “I’ve got to continue to come in here and work my butt off every
day to make sure that I can continue to get better and do whatever I can to
help this team out. … My job, obviously, as the backup quarterback is to be
ready, but I’ve also got to give the defense a great look, so I’m just trying
to do everything I can to make sure I’m helping those guys out, as well.”