The New England Patriots claimed SAM linebacker Chris White off of waivers from the Detroit Lions yesterday, according to the Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young. White was originally on the Buffalo Bills, so the Patriots probably did plenty of scouting on an AFC East rival’s young player (the Patriots claimed two players from the Miami Dolphins, by the way). However, the Bills traded White to the Lions about a week ago for quarterback help in Thad Lewis, and the Lions promptly unloaded him after likely not being impressed with what they saw out of White as a down linebacker.
White is now the seventh linebacker on the Patriots 53-man roster, and he figures to play a role on special teams. The 24-year-old Mississippi State product will most likely only make an impact on special teams, and I wonder if they added him to help manage Dane Fletcher’s special teams reps in order to play him more as a down LB. White is 6’3″, 242 pounds.
The Patriots currently have five players on the practice squad, and Kanorris Davis is an addition to the practice squad that we did not previously write about on the site. Both Davises (Ja’Gared Davis, a waiver claim from the Houston Texans, being the other) have made the squad, and the addition of Kanorris Davis is definitely not a surprise. He showed some intriguing ability during training camp, and the former Troy safety looks plenty good enough for a spot on the Patriots practice squad.
As it stands right now, the Patriots have five out of eight players on the p-squad in S Kanorris Davis, LB Ja’Gared Davis, LB Jeff Tarpinian, CB Justin Green, and DT Marcus Forston.