The New England Patriots have a 10-6 record at this point of the 2021 NFL season. Things look really good for the team at the moment, but this didn’t stop the Patriots from making another roster transaction.
New England did something that made our jaws drop. We don’t usually see head coach Bill Belichick protect practice squad players. Well, that’s exactly what they did this time. The Patriots protected four practice squad players from being signed by any other NFL team. Mike Reiss from the ESPN was among the first to confirm the news. NFL teams can’t sign wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson, defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale, tight end Matt LaCosse and safety Sean Davis. It’s interesting to note that the Patriots decided to make such move for the first time in three seasons.
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This change will be making headlines for a few days. Let’s not forget that NFL teams usually take chances on practice squad players from other teams at this point of the season.
Belichick wanted to make sure those four players are still available for the final game of the regular season. He definitely wants to see them suit up for the game against Miami.
Wilkerson is a must-have this season. He had four catches for 42 yards and a couple of touchdowns in the 50-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He may see more playing time in the Patriots offense in 2021. Yes, third-round receiver N’Keal Harry is dealing with a huge challenge at the moment. If he doesn’t return next season, Belichick will definitely give Wilkerson a nice role.
When it comes to Equale, he has become like a band-aid for the Patriots this season. He saw action in six games and yes, he has a chance to stick around in 2022.
The Patriots can make the playoffs this season and Belichick wants his players to be available for the great game. He definitely wants to see Wilkerson back on the field. He did all the good things Harry was supposed to do in the last few seasons.