The New England Patriots were down to 88 men on the 90-man roster after releasing undrafted free agent running back Akeem Shavers yesterday, but the Pats are now back up to 89 after bringing back a familiar face. The Patriots official site announces the Pats signing of A.J. Edds, who is a 6’4″, 256 pound linebacker who once played two games for the New England Patriots back in the 2011 season.
Edds will be heading into his fourth season in the league as a fourth-round linebacker from the 2010 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He has plenty of AFC East connections, as the team that drafted him was the Miami Dolphins. Edds, however, never played a game for the Dolphins after hitting the injured reserve with a knee injury, so the Patriots afforded the 25-year-old Iowa standout with his first opportunity to receive playing time.
It will be interesting to see if Edds can get something going in training camp, but he is definitely a longshot to make the roster. Edds was released by the Patriots in 2011 and went on to play in nine games for the Indianapolis Colts, so he had his biggest shot with the Colts organization. Edds also hit the I.R. last season with a knee injury, but we’ll see if he can show the Patriots some positives in the offseason. Edds is just a camp body for New England at this point.