Although the New England Patriots signed a large crop of undrafted free agents with 19 signings in total, the Patriots aren’t done looking at other potential pieces who could fit into the picture as projects. According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, the New England Patriots brought in a prospect from the New England region for a workout today in University of New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans, who is described as a “die-hard Patriots fan” growing up in the state of Massachusetts.
Evans isn’t the only player working out with the Patriots for a tryout to get on the team, but he is certainly a player worth noting due to his ties to the region and his fandom for the Patriots. A statement from his agent Abu Toppin reflected this dream and the love Evans has for the Patriots, “To be out there on the field with the Patriots logo obviously means a lot to him. It’s been a lifelong dream of Matt’s to have this opportunity.”
Matt Evans recorded 450 tackles and was once the FCS Defensive Player of the Year in the 2011 season, so he does have some talent for the Patriots to work with. A knock on Evans is that he is undersized at 227 pounds, but he does run a forty time in the low 4.6s and is at his best in coverage. Since the Patriots could use more linebackers who specialize in coverage and are young, this gives Evans an added chance of making the Patriots practice squad.
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