New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 29: A view of a New England Patriots helmet on the bench during the game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

The Patriots added to their offensive line depth Monday, signing former New York Jets guard Ben Braden. The move was first reported Monday morning by the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels.

A 2017 UDFA, Braden spent the last two years with the Jets. The 26-year-old spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad, as well as most of 2018, although he did play in two games. Released by New York as part of final roster cuts last season, he ended up on the Packers practice squad for two months, before ended up back with the Jets, where he played one more game. New York cut him at the beginning of this month, when roster were trimmed from 90 players to 80.

Braden was a two-year starter at Michigan, where he All-Big 10 Second Team in 2016. At 6-foot-6, 329 pounds, Braden played center, guard, and tackle in college, but has mostly lined up just at guard in the NFL.

This signing is the third of the day for the Patriots, after tight ends Paul Butler and Alex Ellis. The moves bring the team’s roster total to 78 players, with two spots remaining open.

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