The New England Patriots could end up being down two offensive lineman with both Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle visiting the Dallas Cowboys over the next few days.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, swing-tackle Cameron Fleming is visiting with the Cowboys on both Monday and Tuesday.
The #Cowboys are hosting #Patriots OT Cameron Fleming for a visit on Monday and Tuesday, source said. New England would like to bring him back, but that's up in the air now.
Fleming, 25, has spend the last four years with the Patriots after being drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He's appeared in 47 games and has started just 20 games for the team since entering the league. He's been a key rotational player for the Patriots, playing in multiple sets and being one of the go-to-guy when the Pats roll out an extra lineman in short-yard situations and plays which call for extra protection.
Early Monday morning Rapoport tweeted out that right tackle LaAdrian Waddle is following Fleming to Dallas for a meeting with the Cowboys.
According to Rapoport, Waddle is expected to meet with the Cowboys' brass on Monday night and some point on Tuesday.
The #Cowboys are hosting not one but two #Patriots free agent offensive tackles. Source said LaAdrian Waddle is visiting tonight and tomorrow. He joins Cameron Fleming, who is also visiting.
It's unclear if the two are meeting with the team together, but all signs are pointing to the Cowboys' desire to add depth and versatility to their offensive line.
Waddle, 26, spent his first two and half years in the league with the Detroit Lions after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He later landed in New England after being claimed off waivers by the Patriots in December 2015. Over the last two and half years with the Patriots, he's appeared in 15 games, while starting four in 2017. Prior to arriving in New England, he played in 30 games, while starting 24 of them for the Lions.
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Right now the Patriots' unofficial depth chart lists Matt Tobin, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon as the offensive line starters. And each position has one backup, except for left tackle, which list three players at the position.
The Patriots will certainly be on the market for offensive line depth either in free agency or at the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, especially if these two end up in the Lone Star State.
-- By John 'The Dude' Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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