The New England Patriots are looking to add to their emergency list in case of an injury to the secondary, as they worked out five defensive backs yesterday, per ESPN Boston’s Field Yates. Courtney Greene, Chris Rucker, Troy Nolan, Lane Olson, and Tramain Thomas were all worked out by the Patriots, with Greene being the most notable of the five.
Greene, a former standout at Rutgers, started 13 games from 2009 to 2011 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and has good experience. The 26-year-old played in 30 games from that period of time, but he was released in August after the 53-man roster crackdown. Knee trouble may have been a factor in his release, because he was placed on the injured reserve in 2011 with a knee injury. The release came six just four months after the Jaguars gave Greene a one-year deal worth $1.26 million.
Troy Nolan also has some quality experience with 37 appearances over the past three seasons, and he has played for a team in the AFC East- the Miami Dolphins (tomorrow’s opponent for the Patriots). Nolan was released earlier this month after recording nine tackles in limited snaps as the Texans 5th safety on the depth chart. Both he and Greene are mainly special teams contributors, with Greene the better player in that regard as well.
He enjoyed playing for the Texans and only had a very brief stint with the Dolphins before being reunited with his old team last month after an injury to Quintin Demps (the safety who took Nolan’s job as the starter).
Chris Rucker also has some experience after playing in all but one game for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 (four starts), and he is a 6’1″, 195 pound CB who was a star for Michigan State recently. The 24-year-old was cut during the 53-man roster cuts in August, and he is a big corner who can also play at safety. The Colts preferred to use him as a CB in sub-packages.
Both Lane Olson and Tramain Thomas have almost no experience.
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