The New England Patriots made a few personnel moves yesterday by signing two offensive linemen in veteran free agent Tyronne Green (offensive guard formerly of the San Diego Chargers) and undrafted rookie free agent R.J. Mattes. The Patriots also made the sudden move to part ways with 25-year-old defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick, and the Pats also worked out a 30-year-old AFC North veteran inside linebacker in Brandon Johnson. On the release front, the Patriots also officially announced the unsurprising release of wide receiver Andre Holmes.
Mattes is an underafted free agent who starred for the North Carolina State Wolfpack in college. In his senior season in 2012, Mattes was a second-team All-ACC selection and has a solid chance at making the Patriots practice squad. Mattes is 6’6″, 313 pounds and is 23 years old with the ability to play at guard or tackle.
With the signing of R.J. Mattes, the New England Patriots now have a full roster of 90 players and would have to release somebody if they wanted to sign the guy they worked out, Brandon Johnson. It looks like the Patriots are all set and done with personnel moves, but looks can always be deceiving (especially if it’s from my perspective). Anyway, the Patriots fortified their depth on the offensive line by adding a veteran G/C in Green and a young G/T (great versatility) in Mattes yesterday.
Any N.C. State fans who have a quick scouting report on this guy that you could leave in the comments section? That would be much appreciated, thanks.
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