New England Patriots

The New England Patriots quickly filled up two open spots on the 90-man roster ahead of the start of training camp on Thursday. They reportedly signed veteran safety Eddie Pleasant on Monday, in addition to re-signing wide receiver Devin Lucien.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network first tweeted that the Patriots re-signed Lucien, whom they drafted in the seventh round in the 2016 NFL Draft, shortly after reporting that the Pats were looking for a trade partner for Malcolm Mitchell. Patrick D. Starr of Houston’s SportsTalk 790 later reported that the Pats filled the final open spot on the 90-man roster by signing the 29-year-old Pleasant, who spent the last six seasons with the Houston Texans.

Lucien bounced around NFL practice squads in 2017 after the Patriots cut him just before the start of the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him to a futures contract in January, but released him in May.

The Patriots created the two openings on the roster with a pair of moves. They cut safety David Jones, and moved offensive lineman Andrew Jelks to the reserve/retired list after the 24-year-old announced his retirement from the NFL.

New England is back to a 90-man roster ahead of camp, which starts on Thursday with veterans reporting on Wednesday. Four players will begin camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, according to Mike Reiss: WR Kenny Britt, CB Cyrus Jones, CB Jonathan Jones, and S Nate Ebner.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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