Saturday may have seen the Patriots trim their roster down to the league-mandated 53, but Sunday’s practice came with the team’s taxi squad right behind them, as the Patriots signed eight players to their practice squad.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Pats inked tight end Stephen Anderson and Jakob Johnson to the practice squad.
Anderson was a member of the Patriots’ practice squad last year, and was promoted to the 53-man roster for the postseason, though he was inactive for all three of New England’s postseason contests en route to a Super Bowl title. Anderson has 36 catches for 435 yards and two touchdowns in 28 career NFL games (all with Houston).
Johnson, meanwhile, will stick with the Patriots as part of the league’s International Player Pathway program after going unclaimed on waivers. The German fullback does not count against New England’s practice squad limit.
The club also hung on to offensive linemen Dan Skipper and Tyree St. Louis.
It will be interesting to see if the Patriots add a wideout — like Damoun Patterson (a backup gunner and a member of their practice squad last season) or undrafted free agent Ryan Davis — to the practice squad after both went unclaimed on waivers over the weekend.
On defense, the Patriots stocked up on extra bodies for their front seven, signing Ufomba Kamalu and Nick Thurman to their practice squad, along with linebackers Terez Hall and Calvin Munson.