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New England Patriots re-sign Jeff Tarpinian to practice squad


Jeff Tarpinian continues to bounce from the New England Patriots 53-man roster to the practice squad, as the Pats have re-signed him to the practice squad just a day after releasing him. The Pats cleared him out in order to make room for a guard on the 53-man roster, in light of the injuries to starting guards Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly against the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots brought in four players for a workout, with one of them being a guard. That guard is former New York Giants backup Mitch Petrus, who was signed shortly before the Pats re-signed Tarpinian to the practice squad. Petrus is nothing special and is merely a stopgap backup guard to replenish depth at the position, and he was terrible in three emergency starts for the Giants last year. This likely means that one of either Mankins or Connolly will be out for an extended period of time (hopefully not both).

Tarpinian is a solid special teams contributor and provides decent depth at the linebacker position. I think he’s better than Tracy White and Mike Rivera, with the former possibly returning from a foot injury soon. White has been out for a very long time with that injury.

In order to re-sign the linebacker to the practice squad, the New England Patriots released a rookie linebacker whom they signed just a week ago in former Alabama Crimson Tide backup Jerrell Harris.

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