The New England Patriots seemed to have a void again on the offensive line after releasing former San Diego Chargers guard Tyronne Green, but they filled that small gap in depth on the 90-man roster by resigning undrafted free agent R.J. Mattes yesterday. The Patriots signed him not too long ago, and then suddenly decided to release him shortly after.
Now, Mattes is back on the team as a depth lineman, and it will be interesting to see if he can work himself onto the practice squad, though I highly doubt he sticks around after camp. However, Mattes has the versatility to play at either guard or tackle and was an All-ACC player last season for the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
It’s good to have one more added piece of depth on the offensive line heading into training camp, and you never know what jewel Dante Scarnecchia will unearth next. He’s had a ridiculous amount of success with undrafted free agent OLs in the past, and there’s always a chance that Mattes could be added to that lengthy list.
Mattes joins the Patriots again after signing with the team in mid-May and being released just ten days later during the month. He was a standout at N.C. State, but he just seems to be a camp body and a “chance prospect” at this point. But, again, you never know who is next with the Patriots and Coach Scar.
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