Patriots Make A Roster Move To Fill A Position Of Need
With the first preseason game behind them, the New England Patriots have made a roster move to add depth at a key position.
According to the Patriots, they have signed defensive end Keionta Davis and released defensive back Dwayne Thomas.
The primary motivator for the move was to add roster depth at DE. With that position currently being thin, this move makes sense.
Davis is 23-years-old and was a two-time All-American over at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He is 6.4″ and weighs 260 pounds.
In his last collegiate season, he recorded 10.5 sacks and 44 total tackles en route to a first team All-American honor. In his overall college career, he recorded 31 sacks which are the second most in Chattanooga’s history.
Thomas is a former LSU defensive back who played outside, slot, and safety for the Tigers in a collegial career that lasted five years. He signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 5th, 2017.
With the addition of Davis, the depth chart at the left defensive end looks like this.
- Kony Ealy
- Geneo Grissom
- Deatrich Wise Jr.
- Keionta Davis
The reason for the thinness before the signing of Davis was due to an injury to Wise.
“No updates; no.” said coach Bill Belichick on Friday
Wise suffered a concussion in the preseason opener and his status at the moment is unclear.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, there is a chance that Wise will only miss a week. Wise was having an excellent start to training camp for the Patriots and was gunning for Kony Ealy’s starting job.
Davis is likely a precaution to protect depth at DE, but with Belichick, who knows, he could be an impactful player for this year’s New England Patriots team.