By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots have signed two new kickers, but they’re not done looking at other potential options.
As reported by Mike Reiss on Tuesday, the Pats hosted three free agents for workouts, and one of them is a kicker with playoff experience in Foxboro: former Chargers and Redskins kicker Nick Rose.
Rose really does have playoff experience in Foxboro, that’s a fact. Just not necessarily a boast-worthy one. He took the field for three special teams snaps for the Chargers in January’s AFC Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.
The Chargers signed Rose to handle kickoffs in the game, presumably to boom it through the end zone and avoid potential returns by Cordarrelle Patterson. He hit one touchback, kicked another to the 17-yard line, and a third to Patterson that he returned for 23 yards. So even in his severely limited role, Rose didn’t do so hot.
Rose most recently played for the San Antonio Commanders in the Alliance of American Football. He signed there before he joined the Chargers, then returned to the AAF after Los Angeles’ season ended.
Two other free agents traveled to Foxboro for workouts on Tuesday: defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and defensive back Brian Allen. Vanderdoes last played for the Raiders in 2017.
Allen, meanwhile, played from 2017-18 with the Steelers. Pittsburgh placed him on injured reserve in August and waived him with an injury settlement before the start of the season.
Rose, obviously, is the most notable name here. But he probably falls more in line with the Patriots’ due diligence in getting a look at available free agents at every position for emergency purposes. With Stephen Gostkowski headed for season-ending surgery, kicker is arguably the most important position for the Patriots to cover all their bases.
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