Recently the New England Patriots released tight end Kyle Auffray, which left an open roster spot that would have to be filled in the coming days. The Pats have already made a decision, as Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston recently tweeted out that they had signed defensive lineman Seali’i Epenesa to fill the empty spot.
Patriots sign rookie DL Seali’i Epenesa, out of UCLA, to fill 90th spot on roster, team announces.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 17, 2014
I don’t know much about Epenesa, but I do like the Patriots adding to the defensive tackle position as we move towards training camp (and the regular season). As I said earlier today, this area isn’t necessarily thin, but since nearly everybody is coming off of a big injury, they could use more healthy depth behind them.
I really have no idea what kind of player Epenesa is, but at the very least, he will be able to give Bill Belichick some depth for camp, and maybe give the team’s starters some competition, to bring out the very best in the defensive line.
In his four year career at UCLA, Epenesa racked up 45 total tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack, and a forced fumble.