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Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Xavier Williams (98) against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots brought in former Chiefs defensive tackle Xavier Williams for a free-agent visit in Foxboro on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.¬†Williams played in the divisional and conference championship rounds for the Chiefs in the 2019 playoffs. Williams was active for Super Bowl LIV but did not play a snap.

An undrafted free agent in 2015, Williams first signed with the Arizona Cardinals and appeared in 23 games over his first three seasons in the NFL. He signed with the Chiefs before the 2019 season and played in all 16 regular season games with four starts, playing a career-high 424 defensive snaps.

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass as Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Xavier Williams (98) closes in during the first quarter of the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Free-agent defensive tackle Xavier Williams visited with the Patriots on Wednesday. (Mark Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

As reported by Reiss on Twitter, the absence of free-agent signing Beau Allen “has sparked depth concerns” at defensive tackle. Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Byron Cowart, and free-agent signing Darius Kilgo comprise the rest of the projected DT depth chart as of Thursday morning.

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