New England Patriots

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 31: Tre Person #24 of the Michigan State Spartans tackles Ben Mason #42 of the Michigan Wolverines during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Michigan. Fullback. Everything about Ben Mason said he’d likely be a Patriots target during the draft. And while he was ultimately selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round back in the spring, he’d now made his way to new England.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Patriots have signed Mason to their practice squad. Rapoport added that a “quick elevation [is] likely.”

At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Mason was mainly used as a lead blocker in college. In four years with the Wolverines, the Newtown, Conn. native carried the ball 37 times in four years, totaling 87 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 32 yards and a score.

Now in New England, Mason joins Jakob Johnson becoming the team’s second fullback. Johnson showed promise in his first full NFL season in 2020, but he’ll now have internal competition to fend off for the starting job.

Mason is the 11th player to join the Patriots practice squad, and the second who did not spend the summer with the team after former Lions linebacker Jahlani Tavai.

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