The Patriots announced on Saturday that they’ve signed former Navy defensive end Paul Quessenberry, with the intention of playing him at tight end. Quessenberry played DE at Navy from 2011-14 and has served as a Naval officer for the past four years.
In addition, the Patriots signed veteran former Chiefs and Cardinals defensive tackle Xavier Williams. The team recently brought Williams in for a free-agent visit.
As corresponding moves, the Pats released recently signed tight end Alex Ellis and defensive tackle Darius Kilgo.
The 28-year-old Quessenberry played in 38 games at DE for Navy over four seasons. He recorded 80 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two pass breakups during his career.
Quessenberry becomes the fifth NFL rookie to join the Patriots’ tight end depth chart, which includes third-round picks Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene, and undrafted rookies Jake Burt and Rashod Berry. The team also recently signed former Raiders tight end Paul Butler. Third-year pro Ryan Izzo is the longest-tenured TE on the roster.