The Patriots secondary depth has been and will continue to be tested, with two cornerbacks already ruled out for Sunday’s game and a third listed as questionable. Things aren’t much better at safety with Kyle Dugger and Adrian Phillips both dealing with injuries.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise the Patriots have been busy this week hosting free agent cornerbacks for workouts. On Tuesday, Brian Poole and De’Vante Bausby both visited Foxborough, although neither left with a contract.
As first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots’ fit one more workout into the week, and 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden was at Gillette Stadium on Friday for a workout. It’s Hayden’s second workout of the week after meeting with the Raiders on Tuesday. He also worked out for the Buccaneers, Bears, and Colts in recent weeks.
Hayden began his career in Oakland, where he played in 45 games – making 25 starts – over three seasons. The 5-foot-11 cornerback then spent a season in Detroit before going to Jacksonville for three years. He hasn’t played or been on an active roster since injuring his hamstring last November.
The Patriots currently have no spots open on their roster or practice squad, and have already started the 21-day clock for Jarrett Stidham and Byron Cowart to return from PUP. If they wanted to add Hayden – or any cornerback – a corresponding move would have to be made.
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