The New England Patriots worked out five players yesterday, and they were likely just taking a closer look at the options out there. None of the five players on the list are very notable names, but they could make their way onto the practice squad at a later date. ESPN Boston’s Field Yates reported that the Patriots worked out cornerback Terry Hawthorne , wide receiver Reggie Dunn, defensive end Emeka Onyenekqu, linebacker Taylor Reed, and cornerback Travis Howard.
Hawthorne is the most notable name of those five, and he was cut during the 53-man roster crunchdown by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The No. 150 pick in the draft, Hawthorne formed a top cornerback duo with Justin Green at college while at Illinois, and Green made the Patriots practice squad as a UDFA. Hawthorne has upside, as the 6’0″, 195 pound corner is fast and had a good college career. I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the practice squad, because he does have upside and should have made the Steelers practice squad. One of the reasons why the Steelers released Hawthorne is because he missed a lot of time with a knee injury.
Reggie Dunn is another Steelers cast-off, Travis Howard is an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State who has never been signed to this point, Emeke Onyenekqu is a 6,3″, 251 pound DE from Louisiana-Lafayette, and Taylor Reed went to SMU.