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New England Patriots work out Sedrick Ellis


The New England Patriots are still looking to sign defensive tackle, and this signifies that the Patriots indeed had an overhaul at the DT position in mind by releasing Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love (both have since signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars). The Patriots recently worked out former Buffalo Bills DT Spencer Johnson, and ESPN Boston’s Field Yates confirmed Tom E. Curran’s initial report yesterday that the Patriots also worked out former New Orleans Saints DT Sedrick Ellis.

In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Saints took Ellis with the seventh pick overall, and he has pretty much been a bust since then. While he hasn’t been a complete disappointed, the 28-year-old has yet to live up to his top ten draft status. If the Patriots sign Ellis, they would have a veteran guy to add into the rotation and would try to get him to fulfill his potential in what could be his peak seasons in this league. They would also have signed two USC Trojans products this offseason, as they signed former CFL star Armond Armstead early in the offseason. Armstead projects to have a significant role on the Pats interior, whereas a veteran like Ellis would be a backup body.

Ellis could work himself into the Patriots rotation and get significant snaps if he impresses the team, but he would have had to impressed the Pats in his workout first. Last season while with the Saints, Ellis recorded 36 tackles, and Yates notes that the Saints traded up with the Patriots to get Ellis. That trade worked out exceptionally well for the Pats, and I am definitely glad to have Jerod Mayo on the team.

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  • Willy W

    Not a huge fan of Mayo’s, think he’s a bit overrated & never turned into the “Superstar” he was projected to be but… anyways what I wanted to really say is I would like the Pat’s to sign Ellis for Depth, IMO he’s probably the best DT available at this time. I saw him quite a bit over the last year or two & I thought he did a pretty good job. As always I really want the Pat’s to also sign Abraham. If we can sign both of those guys I will finally feel like our D will be more of a Strength than a weakness ( something it’s been for far too many years now). Why BB cant see that we need Abraham is beyond me. I thought there was enough proof last season when Jones was either injured or going thru typical rookie up & downs, that we needed not only more than 1 DE but a quality one at that. I know Im a broken record when it comes to Abraham but with good reason. I want the Absolute best Defense we can put on the field, regardless of money, because IMO it’s Defense that helps win championships & its been a while now since we won one. In fact I will go so far as to say If we dont sign a good DE & DT that we wont have enough to beat a SF, a Atlanta, a Seattle…

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Alright, you’ve done it, man, you’ve gotten the Mayo rant out of me. Jerod Mayo WAS overrated a few years ago when everyone just looked at the tackle numbers and called him elite. That led to all the smarter people jumping in and yelling “he’s overrated”, and everyone picked up on it. Since most fans (especially of other teams) are usually slow to react on a player like Mayo, everyone still goes with that same broken record. Well, it’s only been one season. But still, here it goes. Mayo was awesome last season, and he looked every bit the star he was “projected to be”. Mayo isn’t great in pass coverage at all, but he was actually at least average in that regard last season. He also no longer racked up end-to-end tackles, and instead used his strength to supplement his speed and range and just got rougher in run defense. He’s a leader, an awesome interview (one of our own writers interviewed him last season), and he should have shed the “overrated” tag last season. Mayo is a damn fine player, and he should not be called “overrated” anymore. I would recommend going back and watching him play last season, because he did more of the little things and just got plain better all-around (against the run and pass).