The New England Patriots worked out two defensive tackle in Terrell McClain and Antonio Dixon, and they decided to sign one of them to their roster last week. McClain’s time on the Pats roster was extremely brief, as the team parted ways with him yesterday in order to re-sign Bobby Carpenter due to Dont’a Hightower’s hamstring injury.
McClain will likely be back at some point, unless if the Pats came away unimpressed with him already. A rookie out of USF last season, he was poor as a starter for the Carolina Panthers and is one of the worst run defenders at the position. He consistently gets beat and is also undersized.
However, the Patriots could use another interior pass rusher in the rotation, and McClain can develop into that kind of player. He has upside as a situational pass rusher off the bench, and he showed that upside despite a down rookie year with the Panthers.
In other news regarding the Pats roster moves, converted tight end Alex Silvestro was re-signed to the practice squad after the team decided to part ways with offensive lineman Thomas Austin. Silvestro was cut from the practice squad after the team signed UDFA rookie Cyhl Quarles (Wake Forest and spent time with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason) to the practice squad.
The Patriots dropped Quarles to bring back defensive tackle Marcus Forston, albeit in a practice squad role as opposed to having a spot on the 53-man roster. Forston was originally cut to make room for the Pats to sign McClain.
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