Patriots make key roster elevation for game at Dolphins
The New England Patriots have made a roster elevation at a premium position for Sunday’s road clash with the Miami Dolphins.
Their move is at offensive tackle, where they have officially elevated Conor McDermott from the practice squad to the main roster for Sunday. McDermott will be eligible to revert to the practice squad after the game.
The Patriots have injury concerns on the offensive line heading into Sunday’s game at Hard Rock Stadium. Starting left tackle Trent Brown (ankle/knee) is questionable, while Vederian Lowe (ankle) and Calvin Anderson (illness) have already been ruled out.
If Brown plays, the Patriots are in position to deploy the same offensive line they did in their Week 7 win over the Buffalo Bills, with rookie Sidy Sow at right guard and Mike Onwenu at right tackle. The line appeared to solidify after the changes on the right side, although quarterback Mac Jones helped by averaging a league-low 2.19 seconds to throw.
According to Mike Reiss, Brown expects to play Sunday. But in any event, McDermott appears to be the Next Man Up™ if the Patriots suffer an injury on the O-line Sunday.
The Patriots offensive line and how it’s used will be something to watch for against the Dolphins, especially now that they seem to be making progress.
There was a more notable roster elevation for the Patriots earlier this week. The team officially signed wide receiver Jalen Reagor to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, effectively swapping him with Malik Cunningham. Reagor played a season-high 25 snaps last Sunday against the Bills, and made his first catch as a Patriot.
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