New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

  • Tuesday is generally the busiest day of the week for Patriots roster moves, and this week was certainly no exception. Their moves included opening roster spots, and hosting a number of free agents for visits.

    The headline move of the day was the team waiving wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Humphrey was a standout for the team over the summer as a hybrid wide receiver/tight end. He was initially waived and signed to the practice squad, elevated for the opener, and then added to the active roster in Week 2.


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  • Over the first five games of the season Humphrey caught two passes for 20 yards, but his stat line doesn’t properly illustrate how involved he was in the offense. He played 41 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps in those games, including an 82 percent usage rate in Week 3 against Baltimore – the second-highest of all wide receivers on the team.

    While that level of involvement makes his release somewhat surprising, his role figured to decrease with the return of rookie Tyquan Thornton from IR. Humphrey’s release could also be an indication that the injuries to Jonnu Smith (who missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle) and Nelson Agholor (who played just seven snaps last week after suffering a hamstring injury) aren’t serious, given Humphrey boosted the depth behind both players.

    This move doesn’t mean Humphrey’s time in New England is entirely over though. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the 24-year-old “is a strong possibility” to land back on the practice squad if he clears waivers. The Patriots did open up a spot on the practice squad on Tuesday as well by releasing tackle Sebastian Gutierrez, who had signed with the team last week.

    By opening up a roster spot, the Patriots now have a chance to address the depth at another position on the roster. That position could end up being running back, with the news earlier in the day that Damien Harris is expected to miss “multiple games” with a hamstring injury.

  • Aug 19, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey (83) runs the ball as Carolina Panthers cornerback Madre Harper (36) closes in during the second half of a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 19, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey (83) runs the ball as Carolina Panthers cornerback Madre Harper (36) closes in during the second half of a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

  • In addition to those two transactions, the Patriots hosted five free agents for workouts. That group included a former Patriot, and focused heavily on defense and special teams. Here’s a look at who they had in for visits…

  • LB Calvin Munson

    Dec 13, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Calvin Munson (48) warms up prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 13, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Calvin Munson (48) warms up prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

    Munson has already had two stints with the Patriots – first from 2018-2019 on the practice squad, and then a six-game stint last year on the active roster. He was released by the Patriots late last season and signed with the Dolphins, who he remained with until being released from their practice squad on Monday.

    The 27-year-old has primarily been a special teams player for most of his career, and almost exclusively since his rookie season with the Giants in 2017. In the six games he was with the Patriots last year, Munson played 65 percent of the team’s special teams snaps while taking nine snaps on defense. In that time he recorded nine tackles including a tackle for a loss.

  • OL Myron Cunningham

    Sep 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks offensive lineman Myron Cunningham (76) in action during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks offensive lineman Myron Cunningham (76) in action during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Cunningham is a UDFA out of Arkansas, a program the Patriots have been fans of in the past. The 6-foot-5, 320 pound tackle was with the Texans this summer, but released in mid-August. Since then, he’s had a number of free agent workouts and visits around the league.

    At Arkansas, Cunningham was a three year starter at left tackle and team captain at 2021. He took part in the Shrine Bowl after last season, a game that ended up featuring six Patriots draft picks and UDFAs.

  • DB DaMarcus Fields

    GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 19: Amari Rodgers #8 of the Green Bay Packers is brought down by DaMarcus Fields #39 of the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 19, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 20-10. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 19: Amari Rodgers #8 of the Green Bay Packers is brought down by DaMarcus Fields #39 of the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 19, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 20-10. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    Fields is another Shrine Bowl player from this past year. A five-year contributor as Texas Tech, he went undrafted in the spring before signing with the Saints. He ended up making the practice squad and appeared in two games earlier this year, exclusively on special teams.

  • DB Troy Apke

    Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Washington Football Team free safety Troy Apke (30) breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Washington Football Team free safety Troy Apke (30) breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

    Apke spent the last four seasons in Washington where he was a core special teams player and rotational safety. He played upwards of 81 percent of the team’s special teams snaps in two of the last three years, and was on the field for a career-high 42 percent of the team’s defensive plays while making seven starts in 2020.

    After re-signing with the Commanders this offseason, he was released and re-signed to the practice squad at the end of camp. The team then released him against last week.

  • DB Quandre Mosley

    Kentucky’s Quandre Mosley intercepts the ball and scores a touchdown against New Mexico State. (Scott Utterback/Courier Journal/USA TODAY Network)

    Kentucky’s Quandre Mosley intercepts the ball and scores a touchdown against New Mexico State. (Scott Utterback/Courier Journal/USA TODAY Network)

    Mosley was primarily a special teams contributor in three seasons at Kentucky. He popped on the draft radar at his Pro Day, when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash and recorded a 36-inch vertical. Despite those measurements he ended up going undrafted, but signed with the Cowboys and spent the summer with Dallas. After being released he signed with the Seahawks practice squad, but was released last week. We covered Mosley as a potential fit for the Patriots during draft season here.

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