The New England Patriots have added another undrafted free agent running back who was originally signed with another team to the 90-man roster in George Winn. I say “another”, because the Patriots picked up former Purdue Boilermakers running back Akeem Shavers after he was dropped by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats ended up releasing him, and they now have George Winn as a likely camp body.
Winn was signed as a UDFA by the Houston Texans before being released after rookie minicamp. Like current New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, Winn is an undrafted free agent who played for the Cincinnati Bearcats in college. Thompkins has made a big impact in minicamp and looks to be a steal in UDFA if he keeps it up, so we’ll see if Winn can have the same kind of success for the Patriots in training camp.
With Brandon Bolden still injured, Winn makes more sense and looks locked in as a camp body. The New England Patriots now have 88 men on the roster after signing Winn, who rushed for 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for Cincinnati. Winn is an underrated back, and I liked his tape. Bolden impressed the Pats last year as a UDFA out of Ole Miss and ended up making the roster and further impressing the team, so it is possible that Winn is the next man in line.
The issue with Winn is his speed, because he has no explosion and had a terrible 4.75 forty time. However, he averaged 5.5 yards per pop at Cincinnati, runs well, cuts well, has good vision, and he had efficient productivity in college. Mel Kiper Jr. rated Winn as his No. 1 back on the board, and I feel like the 5’11″, 210 pound RB can at least old his own for the New England Patriots. He won’t be making the roster with all the depth at running back, but I like Winn as a camp body and view him as somebody who should be able to latch onto somebody’s practice squad at least.