The New England Patriots are ready for changes and now they have added a veteran defensive lineman.
According to initial reports, the team showed interest in one particular player. The NFL transaction wire suggests that New England signed defensive tackle Carl Davis off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old entered the NFL as a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Davis measures at 6 feet 5, 320 pounds, and may be a good fit for the Patriots. The Iowa product has made stops with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Now he is trying his chances with head coach Bill Belichick and his team.
The Patriots play safe with the defensive lineman
Davis has played 36 games with 12starts. During this period, the defensive lineman has made 32 tackles, including two for loss, a half-sack and three pass deflections.
The Jacksonville Jaguars got the former second-team All-Big Ten selection last November.
After finishing a four-game suspension to start the regular season for a violation of the NFL’s PEDs policy, the defensive lineman signed to the Jaguars’ scout team upon reinstatement Tuesday. Davis is coming to Foxboro now, and this includes a temporary 53-man roster exemption.
New England has made a few moves, and coach Belichick has to act fast to avoid any damage. The Patriots placed defensive tackle Byron Cowart on the reserve/COVID-19 reserve list entering Week 6. They have already activated starting quarterback Cam Newton.
If everything goes according to the plan, the Patriots will host the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium. Hopefully, both teams won’t record new positive tests. New England was supposed to meet Denver in Week 5, but the NFL had to move the game to Week 6, giving the Patriots a bye in Week 5.
The coronavirus pandemic has clearly affected every aspect of the game. Officials have everything under control right now, but things can go really bad overnight. A couple of positive tests may shut down an entire team. New England doesn’t need any of that and the same applies to other teams.