New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have recently been in contact with free-agent running back Mike Gillislee, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed.

Gillislee spent the 2017 season and 2018 training camp in New England. The Patriots released him on Sept. 1 as part of their final roster cut-downs before the start of the 2018 season. The New Orleans Saints signed him two days later.

Active in four straight games for New Orleans, Gillislee rushed 16 times for 43 yards and added a nine-yard reception. He appeared in nine games for the Patriots in 2017, carrying the rock 104 times for 383 yards and five touchdowns.

The Saints cut Gillislee on Saturday to make room for the returning Mark Ingram, who sat out the first four games due to a suspension for performance-enhancing substances.

The Patriots have an opening on the roster after releasing defensive back Cyrus Jones on Saturday. Given their depth issues at running back, Gillislee would be a logical choice to return to New England. They dressed only James White and Sony Michel at the position on Thursday night against the Colts.

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