New England Patriots

  • In the wake of placing rookie Tyquan Thornton on injured reserve, the New England Patriots continue to keep their emergency list updated for wide receivers. And they’re even signing one of them.

    As reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Monday, the Patriots hosted four free-agent wide receivers for workouts, and also brought in a linebacker and defensive back for a closer look. More on them below.

    Among the wideouts, it sounds like they’re signing one. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots are adding 27-year-old Laquon Treadwell to their practice squad. Treadwell, originally the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Vikings, spent the 2021 season with the Jaguars, catching 33 passes for 434 yards in 12 games.

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  • However, the other receivers who visited Foxboro are all worth knowing about, since they are on the Patriots’ radar for a potential signing down the road. And there’s also that linebacker and defensive back to meet. Here’s more on them…

    WR Charleston Rambo

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 23: Charleston Rambo #11 of the Miami Hurricanes catches his second touchdown pass against Aydan White #3 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 23: Charleston Rambo #11 of the Miami Hurricanes catches his second touchdown pass against Aydan White #3 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

    Easily the best name in this most recent batch of workouts. Rambo is the only rookie among the receivers that the Patriots brought in, so he should possess the most upside. Rambo was a star in his junior season at Miami, his only year there, leading the team with 79 catches, 1,172 yards, and seven touchdowns. He couldn’t catch on with the Panthers, though, so now he’s a free agent, and apparently caught Bill Belichick’s eye during the teams’ joint practice in August.

  • WR Alex Bachman

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 03: Alex Bachman #80 of the New York Giants in action during the Blue and White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on September 03, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 03: Alex Bachman #80 of the New York Giants in action during the Blue and White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on September 03, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    Bachman’s last year in college was in 2017 as a junior at Wake Forest. He’s been competing for NFL roster spots since 2019, first signing with the Rams as an undrafted rookie. He then signed with the Giants’ practice squad, and was elevated to the main roster to play four games from 2020-21. Bachman was primarily a returner in New York, and has experience both receiving and returning in college. That could be the reason the Patriots showed interest.

  • WR Aaron Parker

    Jul 27, 2022; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Aaron Parker (21) catches a pass during training camp at Missouri Western University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    Jul 27, 2022; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Aaron Parker (21) catches a pass during training camp at Missouri Western University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    Parker, a 6-foot-3, 191-pound receiver, has spent time with the Cowboys, Panthers, and Chiefs since 2020. He only saw the field in real games for Carolina, and for only one game – and six special teams snaps. He did earn CAA First Team All-Conference honors in 2018 for Rhode Island, though, so he was an accomplished college player. But Parker’s journey to play in the NFL seems like an uphill battle.

  • LB Clarence Hicks

    Aug 7, 2022; Cincinnati OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Clarence Hicks (50) runs drills during training camp at Kettering Health Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 7, 2022; Cincinnati OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Clarence Hicks (50) runs drills during training camp at Kettering Health Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

    Another great name. Sounds like a linebacker. Hicks is another rookie, coming off an excellent “Super Senior” season at UTSA. He set a school record for single-season sacks with 10.5, and his 16.5 tackles for loss were the second-most. He wasn’t able to parlay that into a spot on the Bengals’ roster this summer. Hicks’ size (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) may limit him as an edge rusher at the NFL level, but he certainly seems like a good, smart football player. See how it goes.

  • DB Delonte Hood

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 21: Delonte Hood #37 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the first half of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 21: Delonte Hood #37 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the first half of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    No, Peru State is not in Peru. It’s located in Peru, Neb. That’s where Hood played 10 games as a junior and logged one interception with 16 tackles. Hood, a 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback, was previously on the Bengals’ 90-man roster as an undrafted rookie.

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