The New England Patriots made another minor roster move today, as they decided to add yet another depth cornerback to the mix while also cutting ties with an undrafted rookie tight end in Brandon Ford. Coming into training camp, Ford was viewed as a deep sleeper as a “move” tight end, and he was expected to compete for a spot on the practice squad as a project TE. Unfortunately for the former Clemson Tigers star, that never materialized, as he had an awful training camp with several drops scattered about. The Patriots decided they had enough, especially at a tight end position that is five deep. Fellow undrafted free agent Zach Sudfeld is the much better player, and he has had a terrific camp and could even start for the Patriots if Rob Gronkowski misses time.
Taking Ford’s place on the 90-man roster is cornerback LeQuan Lewis, who was an undrafted free agent back in 2011 after starring in college for the Arizona State Sun Devils. Lewis has bounced around with six different teams, and he actually has experience playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. With the Bucs and Patriots set to have joint practices and a preseason game on Friday with a regular season date early in 2013, I wonder if adding a former player under Greg Schiano had anything to do with this signing. I highly doubt it, but it is just an observation.
Lewis has played in eight career games and has four tackles and one interception to show for it. It is extremely unlikely that he makes the roster, but stranger things have happened than a camp body cutting the mustard in New England on short notice.
Another motivation for Brandon Ford’s release was likely injury, as he suffered a foot injury last week in the practices with the Philadelphia Eagles and missed the first preseason game.