New England Patriots

Aug 22, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Alex Ellis (48) catches a touchdown pass against Baltimore Ravens defensive back Bennett Jackson (33) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Just one day before their first padded practice of 2020 training camp, the Patriots brought four players in for a tryout with the team, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Per Reiss, that group included guard Ben Braden, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, and tight ends Paul Butler and Alex Ellis.

A 6-foot-6, 329-pound guard, Braden has spent his NFL career with the Jets and Packers, and was waived by the Jets just two weeks ago. The 26-year-old played his college football at Michigan.

Gilmore’s most notable pro experience, meanwhile, came in the short-lived AAF, where he totaled six tackles and one forced fumble in eight games for the Memphis Express.

But it’s the tight ends that’ll draw the most focus, of course, with the Patriots having just five signed to the roster, and with Ryan Izzo the only one among that group with any prior NFL experience.

A 6-foot-4 tight end, Ellis has had stints with five different teams over the course of a four-year NFL career, and caught three passes for 11 yards in six appearances with the Jaguars in 2016. Ellis was last with the Eagles, and caught three passes for 28 yards and a score in the 2019 preseason.

Butler reported to Patriot Place after spending parts of 2018 and 2019 with the Lions and Raiders.

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