New England Patriots Sign D.J. Williams, Release Marcus Forston

July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Marcus Forston walks onto the field during the training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots made a couple of roster moves today, highlighted by the signing of tight end D.J. Williams. This was first reported by Jason La Canfora of, and later confirmed by ESPNBoston’s Field Yates.

This move was likely made because of Michael Hoomanawanui’s knee injury, which sidelined him for most of the Pats game against the Panthers, and all of this past week’s win over Denver. This has left New England with just two healthy tight ends (Rob Gronkowski and Matthew Mulligan), which is a dangerous game to play when your offense thrives with productive tight ends. Williams went to college at Arkansas, before being drafted by the Packers in 2011. He has only caught nine passes in his short NFL career, making him a “depth” type of signing. Hopefully Hooman will be back shortly, because he was really beginning to carve a niche within this team, as a solid number two behind Gronk.

In order to make room for Williams, the Pats released defensive tackle Marcus Forston. A big weakness of the Patriots this year has been their defensive tackle play, and releasing Forston leaves that group extremely thin. Forston didn’t play much, but I would look for New England to add another defensive tackle to the mix, in the near future.

Topics: D.J. Williams, Marcus Forston, New England Patriots

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