The New England Patriots are making more changes ahead of the regular season. This time the team added a defensive lineman to their practice unit.
Daniel Ekuale is joining the Patriots practice squad and the decision is official. The team confirmed the signing on Sunday.
The 27-year-old was rookie free agent in 2018. He measures at 6 feet 3 and 305 pounds. This makes him a perfect fit for the Patriots practice squad. Ekuale spent most of his rookie season on the practice unit in Cleveland. He made the active roster in 2019.
Cleveland released him at the end of training camp and he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice unit before making the active roster in September. The Jaguars released him last week.
The defensive lineman has played 16 NFL games with 17 tackles and one sacks. Head coach Bill Belichick will need more than this to give him a shot.
Patriots make a lot of changes to the roster
In 2021, Ekuale will fill in the open spot on the Patriots’ scout team.
The offensive side of the Patriots’ practice unit has Brian Hoyer, Garrett Gilbert, Kristian Wilkerson, Ben Mason, Tre Nixon, Matt LaCosse, Will Sherman, Alex Redmond, and James Ferentz. Ekuale joins the defensive side of the unit along with Jahlani Tavai, Bill Murray, Myles Bryant, Tashawn Bower, and D’Angelo Ross. Nick Folk is part of the special teams.
The Patriots will have their very first game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. The Dolphins will come to Foxboro to have their game at Gillette Stadium.
Head coach Belichick will have a rookie quarterback at center. Mac Jones will take the lead role and Belichick trusts him enough to hand him the keys to the offense. Let’s see how will the rookie handle the pressure. He will get a lot of help from his teammates.
The new-look team is entering a challenging season. They will be led by a rookie and Tom Brady is coming to town. Experts have great expectations from this team. Will they make the playoffs? Belichick’s team failed in 2020, finishing with a 7-9 record.