By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots are promoting undrafted rookie cornerback Myles Bryant from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, as reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Bryant impressed reporters in attendance at training camp.
Bryant played 25 games over his final two seasons at Washington, grabbing three interceptions in 12 games as a senior. He also made 60 tackles (4.5 for a loss) and a sack in his senior year.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Bryant was always going to have a hard time cracking the cornerback depth chart on the Patriots. But he has a chance to follow a similar career path to that of Jonathan Jones, who originally signed with the Pats in 2016 as an undrafted rookie out of Auburn. Jones played 16 games as a rookie and his starts have gone up in every year, developing into one of the NFL’s best slot corners.
Bryant arrives on the main roster as the Patriots secondary faces one of its strongest tests they’ll get all season. The Seahawks boast a talented wide receiver corps headlined by Tyler Lockett and dynamic second-year pro D.K. Metcalf, as well as veteran tight end Greg Olsen. And, of course, they have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Russell Wilson throwing them the ball.
Wilson went 31-for-35 for 322 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, good for a 143.1 passer rating. He’s also facing one of his toughest tests of the season, making Patriots-Seahawks a true strength vs. strength matchup.
Elsewhere on the roster, the Patriots filled the vacancies left by Bryant and kicker Nick Folk with offensive lineman James Ferentz and quarterback Jake Dolegala. Ferentz played 15 games for the Patriots last season, starting two – one game at right guard and the other at center.
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