New England Patriots

Jun 7, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Carson Wells (53) runs drills during minicamp at the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields. Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Entering their final week of OTAs, the Patriots have two open spots on their roster. They may be bringing in players to compete for those spots in workouts, based on some new reports.

On Friday night, the official Twitter account for the XFL shared that linebacker Carson Wells has been “invited to Patriots camp.” Doug Kyed of AtoZ Sports later reported that invite includes a tryout, which will take place on Thursday.

  • Wells, 24, spent the spring playing for the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL. In 10 games, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker recorded 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

    This isn’t the first time the Patriots have met with Wells. They hosted him for a workout last September, when he was a free agent.

    Last fall Wells spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals after being signed as a UDFA, but didn’t appear in any NFL games. He played collegiately at Colorado, where he was a four-year starter for the Buffaloes including an All-Pac-12 season in 2020.

    If Wells does make the Patriots’ roster off his tryout, he’ll likely be competing for a special teams role on a roster deep at the linebacker position. However, the team did lose one linebacker last month, with Raekwon McMillan suffering a torn Achilles during a practice.

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