Jun 17, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick answers questions during media availability prior to mini camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Work Out LB Kevin Riddick, 11 Other Players

Yesterday’s focus was on the 19 cuts the New England Patriots made, but according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the team also worked out 12 players in advance of those cuts.

Here is how the workouts broke down in terms of position:

Quarterback: (2)

Jeff Mathews, McLeod Bethel-Thompson

Running Back: (1)

Jerome Smith

Wide Receiver: (2)

Armon Binns, Rashad Lawrence

Defensive Line: (3)

Jermelle Cudjo, Hebron Fangupo, Cam Henderson

Linebacker: (1)

Kevin Reddick

Cornerback: (2)

Deveron Carr, Aaron Hester

Safety: (1)

Omar Brown

I think this is just Bill Belichick doing his job in terms of gaining as much knowledge as he can from around the league, in case he has to add one of these players in an emergency situation. Or perhaps he wants to sign one of them in the near future because he flat-out likes their game. I know the Patriots are thin at linebacker, and from Mike Reiss said, Kevin Reddick is a good special-teams player. We all know the Patriots love guys that can contribute on special-teams, which may give Reddick an opening.

But in all likelihood, the Patriots are just doing their due diligence, so they never get caught with their pants down in a critical situation depth situation later on in the year.

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