The New England Patriots made several personnel moves yesterday in an effort to put forth a full 53-man roster and accommodate the return of Jermaine Cunningham from his four-game suspension. The Patriots finally cut disappointing defensive tackle Ron Brace loose, and they officially activated Cunningham.
The team also made two practice squad signings by promoting wide receiver Kamar Aiken and defensive back Malcolm Williams. Both players have had live game experience at points in their career, and they have both been on the 53-man roster this season. Aiken was promoted from the practice squad just last week before being demoted afterwards in order to clear some space for Cunningham.
Brace cleared space for Cunningham, which allowed Aiken to re-join the team. Williams gives the team extra depth in the secondary after being promoted, and the practice squad now has two empty slots. It will be interesting to see who fills those up.
Aiken and Williams may or may not be active today, but they will both be on special teams if they do actually get playing time. Williams has recorded a tackle this year on special teams and can succeed in that regard, but I’m not so sure about Aiken. The main thing is that both players are depth players at positions that traditionally need quite a bit of depth, and the Patriots especially need the depth that Aiken provides due to the lack of bodies at the wide receiver position.
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