The New England Patriots are busy working out less-heralded free agents these days in the search for depth, and their search led them to work out a pair of veteran cornerbacks recently in William Middleton and Pat Lee, per NFL Insider Adam Caplan. Neither CB is exactly good, but they would provide veteran depth at a position that can always use depth.
Middleton started in three games last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he played in ten games overall. He played in all of the team’s first ten games as the No .3 cornerback, but the Jaguars lost him for the season following a concussion in mid-November that culminated in Middleton landing on the injured reserve.
Pat Lee has had a more notable NFL career to this point, but he also fits the prototype of a seldom-used DB. A decent player with the Green Bay Packers, Lee has turned into a journeyman CB, and we’ll see if his latest journey will take him to Foxboro. Lee did play in 15 games last season with the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions, and he has received some free agent interest thus far. The Arizona Cardinals worked out Lee to see if he could fortify depth at the cornerback position, and you could do far worse than Lee when looking for a depth CB.
My issue is that I don’t see either of these two players bringing more to the table than the current depth cornerbacks on the New England Patriots roster. Marquice Cole is about as good as either of these two players, and I think Logan Ryan and Ras-I Dowling (that depends on his health) constitute quality depth at the position.
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