Patriots reportedly sign offensive tackle, former draft pick off Jets practice squad
After allowing a season-high tying six sacks last week, and 14 sacks over their last three games, the Patriots are adding some depth on the offensive line. On Tuesday, the team signed tackle Conor McDermott off the New York Jets’ practice squad, as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.
McDermott will add some flexibility to an offensive line that has featured moving parts throughout the season due to both injuries and performance. Currently, Marcus Cannon is on IR after suffering a concussion, and Isaiah Wynn wasn’t spotted at practice on Tuesday after leaving Sunday’s game early with a foot injury.
In his seven games for the Jets this season, McDermott, who comes in at 6-foot-8, 310 pounds, split his offensive snaps almost evenly between left and right tackle. He played 76 snaps total, all coming off the bench.
In total, McDermott is in his sixth NFL season. He was actually drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round in 2017, but didn’t make the team out of training camp. He signed with the Buffalo Bills, spending two years with them before joining the Jets during the 2019 season. In total, the 30-year-old has appeared in 43 career NFL games making six starts.
The Patriots don’t need to make a corresponding move to add McDermott to the active roster. He’ll take the spot opened yesterday by the release of J.J. Taylor.
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