This has been a year of reunions for the Patriots, a theme that’s sticking around even into the playoffs. The team signed two players on Tuesday, both of whom have a history in New England.
Patriots fans may remember cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc as a UDFA standout in 2016. On Tuesday, the team added LeBlanc to the practice squad. The move was first reported by Aaron Wilson.
LeBlanc looked to be the next in a line of successful undrafted cornerbacks in New England, but tremendous depth ahead of him saw him left off the initial roster during cut downs. He went on to play for the Bears, Lions, and Eagles over the next five seasons before training camp and practice squad stints with the Dolphins and Texans in 2021.
In 52 career NFL games, LeBlanc has recorded 18 pass breakups and two interceptions. At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, the 27-year-old profiles as more of a slot cornerback. He’ll give the team some much-needed depth at the position, with Shaun Wade and Jalen Mills currently on the reserve/COVID list.
The Patriots also signed wide receiver Malcolm Perry to a futures contract, per PFF’s Doug Kyed. A futures contract allows teams to sign players in advance of the upcoming league year, without having to occupy a roster spot during the playoffs.
Perry was a seventh-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2020, but was waived during roster cuts this summer. The Patriots claimed him, and he was inactive for Week 1 before being placed on IR. He was then released in mid-November and signed with the Saints’ practice squad. New Orleans released him late last month. A former quarterback at the Naval Academy, Perry can also play running back and return kicks.
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