The New England Patriots made an interesting move yesterday to add depth at the defensive tackle position, as they claimed Chris Jones from waivers off of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and waived guard Josh Kline. It was initially expected that the Patriots would re-sign A.J. Francis back to the 53-man roster (they released him last week in order to make room for Leon Washington) and waive Kline to the practice squad, but they decided to sign Francis to the practice squad and, in a move that I wasn’t a fan of, cut wide receiver Quentin Sims in order to make room for Francis.
Well, Kline has now been waived by the New England Patriots, and he will most likely end up going unclaimed and would fit in perfectly on the Patriots practice squad. Meanwhile, Chris Jones is an interesting piece as a fourth-string defensive tackle, because the Bowling Green product looked very good in the pre-draft process and could end up being a sleeper.
Jones did get drafted this year, as the Houston Texans picked him up in the sixth round. However, Jones was unable to make the Texans final roster, and the Buccaneers claimed him on waivers. The Patriots always had interest in Jones, as they also put in a waiver claim, but the Bucs had the higher waiver priority. Jones is now in New England, though, and he has a chance to impress after third-string UDFA DT Joe Vellano had some woes against the Buffalo Bills.