New England Patriots

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 06: Nate Gerry #47 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after intercepting a pass and running it in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on October 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Even without signing Odell Beckham Jr., Tuesday was a busy day for the Patriots’ front office. The team made a trio of roster moves, and hosted a handful of players for free agent workouts.

Headlining the moves is the activation of quarterback Jarrett Stidham, which was first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates. Stidham had been on PUP since undergoing back surgery just before training camp started, and began practicing again two and a half weeks ago. Once players on PUP begin practicing, teams have three weeks to activate them or they become ineligible to play for the remainder of the season. Defensive tackle Byron Cowart began practicing the same day as Stidham, but has yet to be activated (the team has until Wednesday at 4 p.m. to do so).

Stidham takes the open spot on the 53-man roster vacated when the Patriots released interior offensive lineman James Ferentz on Monday. After clearing waivers, Ferentz will return to the team on the practice squad, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

The team also released practice squad cornerback Brian Poole – who signed two weeks ago – leaving them with two open spots. One of those spots is expected to go to a running back, per Reiss. The Patriots had two running backs, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, leave Sunday’s game early with head injuries.

In addition to those moves, the Patriots hosted three defensive players for free agent workouts on Tuesday. Here’s a closer look at the trio they had in the building…

MORE: Patriots defensive report card

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