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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