The New England Patriots have, for the second time this month, signed center Matt Tennant. The 25-year-old Boston College product was claimed off of waivers on the first of the month after being released by the New Orleans Saints. A solid pass blocker, Tennant is a productive center who was the second-rated center in the draft out of BC in 2010.
The signing came before the official news of Logan Mankins being ruled out for today’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Mankins has been dealing with a hip injury, and he didn’t make the trip to Buffalo. Donald Thomas will likely start in his place, and he did a credible job when replacing Dan Connolly in Week 2. He was frustratingly inconsistent, but he did a good job of helping keep Darnell Dockett in check.
Thomas will have a more difficult matchup against the Bills interior, but this isn’t about him. It’s about Tennant, who will be backing up center Ryan Wendell for this game. It will be interesting to see how long he plays for the Patriots, but he has been on the team’s radar for quite some time and gives the team great depth on the interior of the offensive line.
Hopefully, Mankins can recovery quickly, and it’s nice to have another body on the inside who can spell Wendell if needed. If Thomas struggles, then the Pats could also shift Wendell to guard and play Tennant at center.
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