The New England Patriots have announced the signings of two offensive tackles to the practice squad in R.J. Dill and Jordan Devey, and they also formally announced the signing of tight end Matthew Mulligan, whose addition to the team was reported yesterday. The Patriots worked out Mulligan, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, yesterday, and his signing gives the Patriots more depth at tight end. Mulligan has the ability to play on special teams, and it looks like the Pats also wanted to add an in-line blocking tight end to add behind Rob Gronkowski (out until Week 3 or 4 by my estimate), “move” TE Zach Sudfeld, and H-Back Michael Hoomanawanui. Mulligan took James Develin’s spot on the roster (Develin is a fullback) so expect Hooman to sap up all of those snaps blocking in the backfield.
As for Dill and Devey, they give the New England Patriots a full practice squad of eight men, based on my count. Dill is yet another Rutgers product, and he is a UDFA OT who was initially signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s usually the Jaguars who sign former Patriots cast-offs, but now the Pats have turned the tables on this signing by bringing in Dill, who spent most of his college career at Maryland. In fact, the Pats now have three UDFAs from Maryland in this class, with the other two being the No. 3 and 4 defensive tackles on the roster in Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis. R.J. Dill played right tackle for Rutgers.
Jordan Devey is 25, and he has about the same, big frame as R.J. Dill does. Dill is 6’6″, 316 pounds, while the only difference in Devey’s frame is the fact that he weighs one pound more. Devey is a versatile offensive lineman who has the ability to play at guard or tackle, and he played for Memphis as a JUCO transfer. He was first signed by the Baltimore Ravens.