New England Patriots sign Mitch Petrus

It looks like one of either Dan Connolly or Logan Mankins will be out for a significant period of time, because the New England Patriots have signed former New York Giants guard Mitch Petrus. The Pats worked out Petrus, two young wide receivers, and veteran running back Rock Cartwright a day before signing Petrus yesterday.

The former Giants backups has 23 games of experience under his belt in three seasons in the league, and he has also started in three of those games. A fifth-rounder out of Arkansas in 2010, the 25-year-old brings some depth to the guard position after injuries to the two starters on Sunday. Nick McDonald and Donald Thomas will be starting, but I could see Petrus getting some time at one of the guard positions to give Thomas and McDonald some rest (Thomas will most likely play more than McDonald).

Petrus was given all three of his starts last season, but he was quite awful and was thrust into a starting role due to injury. I doubt he plays much at all at guard, and that’s all for the better. But the Patriots do need depth there, especially if the injuries to Connolly and Mankins are significant.

The former Giants guard replaces Jeff Tarpinian on the 53-man roster.

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