The New England Patriots are shoring up their cornerback depth amid major injury problems. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Pats are signing veteran cornerback Brian Poole to the practice squad.
Poole, 29, most recently played for the New York Jets in the 2020 season. He recently visited the Patriots for a workout, and it turns out he was wanted for more than just intel on a division rival.
Originally an undrafted free agent from the Florida Gators, Poole played 2016-18 with the Atlanta Falcons and played 91 percent of defensive snaps for Atlanta in Super Bowl LI against the Patriots. He played 2019-20 with the Jets, then spent 2021 training camp with the New Orleans Saints, who placed him on injured reserve before releasing him on Oct. 12.
Poole projects as a slot cornerback for the Patriots, who just placed Jonathan Jones on injured reserve. Myles Bryant, who recently signed to the 53-man roster off the practice squad, filled much of Jones’ role in Sunday’s 54-13 win over the New York Jets. Poole is essentially Bryant’s replacement on the organizational depth chart.