The New England Patriots are still working on their roster and this time they added a veteran player. Running back Tyler Gaffney returned to the Patriots after a short stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
New England filled the 90-man roster and signed Gaffney. Several sources confirmed the signing.
The Patriots added Gaffney off of waivers in 2014. The player tore his meniscus as a rookie player with the Carolina Panthers in training camp. Carolina wanted to waive Gaffney to put him on injured reserve. However, the Patriots filed a waiver claim and added Gaffney to the roster.
Patriots added more depth to the roster and re-signed a talented player
Gaffney was on the Patriots’ roster from 2014 to 2017. He didn’t play a regular-season game with the team and split his time between injured reserve and the practice unit. The running back carried the ball 35 times for 152 yards and a touchdown as a preseason standout in the 2016 season. He was part of the Patriots for two Super Bowl wins.
The 30-year-old spent the 2017 season on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ injured reserve and returned to baseball in 2-18.
Gaffney was selected by the Pirates in 2012. He played in their system and then continued his football career at Stanford. The talented player retired from baseball in 2019 and decided to sign to the San Francisco 49ers practice unit in 2020.
Gaffney hit .260 with six home runs and a .800 OPS in 127 career minor league games as outfielder.
Head coach Bill Belichick made a bunch of moves in the offseason and his 90-man roster is complete now. Of course, the head coach will trim the roster to perfection and a lot of players will have to go following the final roster cuts. Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith will lead the Patriots in 2021 and they will build a strong tight end group. That’s exactly what the Patriots need at the moment. They lacked tight ends in 2020. Let’s see how will things work in the upcoming season.
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