The New England Patriots continue to do some shuffling at the bottom of the roster with training camp well underway. They’ve waived undrafted rookie tight end Shane Wimann and signed former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Brian Schwenke, the team announced on Tuesday.
Schwenke, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, had spent the past five seasons with the Titans. He played in all 16 games in each of the past two seasons, but started just five. He played 148 snaps (14 percent) at guard/center for the Titans in 2017, mostly playing special teams.
The 27-year-old adds further depth to a crowded offensive line group as training camp continues to unfold for the Patriots. As an interior lineman and possible special teamer, he figures to compete for a roster spot with the likes of Matt Tobin, Luke Bowanko, Ulrick John, Jason King, James Ferentz, Cole Croston, and the recently signed Nate Theaker. It could also mean that Joe Thuney and Ted Karras’ spots could be on the bubble.
David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Isaiah Wynn, and Trent Brown all appear to be roster locks at this point. LaAdrian Waddle could have the inside track to be the swing tackle, but he should be considered closer to the bubble than a lock.
As for Wimann, he becomes the latest to face the chopping block at the tight end position, which is starting to come into focus in New England. Behind Rob Gronkowski is a still-deep battle, with four tight ends likely competing for 1-2 roster spots. Jacob Hollister and Dwayne Allen appear to be in the lead, and the Patriots still have Will Tye and rookie seventh-round pick Ryan Izzo as well. They recently released free-agent signing Troy Niklas.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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