The New England Patriots must cut their roster down to 75 men by tomorrow, but they are reportedly in the process of adding an 85th member to the squad with a familiar face. Former Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Stephon Morris was released on the first day of August after he suffered a hamstring injury, and it appears that both sides agreed to a scenario where Morris will re-sign with the Pats upon full health. ESPN Boston’s Field Yates reports that the New England Patriots “will re-sign” Stephon Morris, citing a league source.
Morris is a smaller corner (not unlike Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard) at 5’8″, 185 pounds, and the fact that the Patriots are set to sign him now means that they really want to see him play in the fourth preseason game. It also means that the Patriots aren’t completely sold on their depth at cornerback, and that’s certainly understandable. I love Ras-I Dowling due to his size and skill, but he is so unreliable due to his proneness to injury. Justin Green and Brandon Jones haven’t been bad, but there is certainly a chance that Morris is better (I believe he is after seeing his ball skills and run D at Penn State, combined with the fact that he was signed before Green and more touted than Jones).
If the New England Patriots choose to sign Stephon Morris, then they will need to cut ten players before 4 p.m. ET tomorrow.