New England Patriots sign Malcolm Williams off practice squad

In order to help shore up depth in the defensive backfield, the New England Patriots have signed former TCU standout Malcolm Williams off of the practice squad. A seventh-round pick last year, Williams played in five games for the Patriots last season and could see some snaps on special teams for the Pats.

Both starting safeties Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung are still out, and Ras-I Dowling is on the injured reserve after injuring his quadriceps last week against the New York Jets. Those are all crucial injuries for the Patriots and will make life much easier for St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Malcolm Williams was cut during the 53-man crunch, but he was signed to the practice squad a little bit later. He recorded one tackle on special teams last season after bouncing between the 53-man roster and practice squad a couple of times. The 24-year-old CB will give the Patriots some needed depth, but we won’t be seeing him on the field very often today.

I still can’t believe the Pats will have to play in London with only one defensive back, Tavon Wilson, who can feasibly cover larger receivers or tight ends if asked to. Hopefully, Williams can make a positive impact on special teams if called upon to do so.

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