98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
Just hours away from kickoff in their Monday Night Football meeting with the Jets, the Patriots announced that they have signed defensive lineman Tashawn Bower to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, and also elevated linebacker Terez Hall and wideout Kristian Wilkerson to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.
Bower’s move to the 53-man comes after he appeared in both the team’s Week 7 and Week 8 losses to the 49ers and Bills. The 25-year-old Bower appeared as a reserve in both games and registered five tackles. Bower has totaled 12 tackles and one sack in nine games between the Patriots and Vikings since 2017.
The 23-year-old Hall, meanwhile, will make his NFL debut with the Patriots without linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley.
Signed a rookie free agent last year, Hall has spent the last two seasons on New England’s practice squad. Hall, who will wear No. 59, totaled 186 tackles and six sacks over a 48-game collegiate career at Missouri.
On the offensive side of the ball, Wilkerson’s elevation to the 53-man roster comes with the Patriots down N’Keal Harry (and still without veteran No. 1 Julian Edelman), and with the Patriots’ air attack currently ranked as the third-worst in all of football in terms of yards per game.
Wilkerson played in 47 games with 43 starts during his collegiate career at Southeast Missouri State, and caught 219 receptions for 3,540 yards and 33 touchdowns. His reception total, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns are school records.