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  • The New England Patriots swapped out one tight end for another on their practice squad Tuesday afternoon, after working out two others, plus two running backs.

    As first reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Pats are signing tight end Scotty Washington to the practice squad after working him out in Foxboro. The team later made the move official, and confirmed that they’re releasing tight end Jalen Wydermyer from the practice squad as a corresponding move.

    Washington, 26, spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, before being waived in August before the start of the 2022 campaign. He played five seasons as a wide receiver at Wake Forest, where he caught 110 passes for 1,676 yards and 13 touchdowns in 33 games.

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  • The 6-foot-5, 217-pound Washington is added to the mix amid slow starts in the pass-catching department for Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. The Patriots’ high-priced tight end duo has combined for just five catches through two games in 2022.

    However, Washington is unlikely to push either of them on the main roster. The more likely reason the Patriots signed Washington is because they viewed him as a better option than Wydermyer to help the defense get ready for Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, with Baltimore coming to Foxboro for a big Week 3 matchup on Sunday.

  • As always, the Patriots also like to keep their emergency list of free agents updated, so it’s no surprise they continue to work players out. Here’s a quick look at who else they looked at this week…

    TE Jacob Breeland

    PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Jacob Breeland #27 of the Oregon Ducks catches a touchdown pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. Oregon won the game 21-6. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    PALO ALTO, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Jacob Breeland #27 of the Oregon Ducks catches a touchdown pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. Oregon won the game 21-6. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    Coincidentally (perhaps not?), Breeland last played for the Ravens. Like Washington, he’s also 6-foot-5 and also played five years at college, in his case with the Oregon Ducks. Breeland was waived with an injury designation before the 2021 season and has yet to make it back on an NFL roster.

  • TE La’Michael Pettway

    AMES, IA - AUGUST 31: Wide receiver La'Michael Pettway #7 of the Iowa State Cyclones pulls in a touchdown pass in the end zone in overtime against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 29-26 over the Northern Iowa Panthers in triple overtime. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

    AMES, IA – AUGUST 31: Wide receiver La’Michael Pettway #7 of the Iowa State Cyclones pulls in a touchdown pass in the end zone in overtime against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 29-26 over the Northern Iowa Panthers in triple overtime. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

    Pettway is a little smaller than the other two tight ends at 6-foot-2 and 223 pounds. But he’s also similar to the others in that he played five years of college ball (we’re sensing a theme here). Pettway played four seasons at Arkansas before transferring to Iowa State for his senior year. Pettway hasn’t played in the NFL but has spent time with the Michigan Panthers in the USFL.

  • RB Godwin Igwebuike

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 14: Godwin Igwebuike #35 of the Detroit Lions runs for a touchdown past Joe Schobert #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter at Heinz Field on November 14, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

    PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 14: Godwin Igwebuike #35 of the Detroit Lions runs for a touchdown past Joe Schobert #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter at Heinz Field on November 14, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

    Igwebuike most recently spent time with the Detroit Lions, who waived him in August. He’d previously signed a futures contract with Detroit, after being active for all 17 games in 2021, with one start. Igwebuike had 25 total touches for 178 yards from scrimmage and one rushing touchdown.

  • RB Nate McCrary

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - AUGUST 27: Running back Nate McCrary #47 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to the preseason game against the Washington Commanders at M&T Bank Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – AUGUST 27: Running back Nate McCrary #47 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to the preseason game against the Washington Commanders at M&T Bank Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

    This can’t possibly be a coincidence: McCrary last played for the Ravens. In fact, he’s had two stints in Baltimore. McCrary was active for one game in 2021, but was mostly a practice squad back.

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    CINCINNATI, OHIO - DECEMBER 15: Jamie Collins Sr. #58 of the New England Patriots tackles Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half in the game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

    CINCINNATI, OHIO – DECEMBER 15: Jamie Collins Sr. #58 of the New England Patriots tackles Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half in the game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

    According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots also worked out linebacker Jamie Collins. This would be something of a continuation of Collins’ third stint with the Pats, which goes back to the 2021 season. Collins has also played for the Browns and Lions.

    We’ll continue to keep you updated on all the Patriots’ moves here at 985TheSportsHub.com. Click here for complete New England Patriots coverage.

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