FOXBORO — The Patriots had 5 gamers on reserve lists eligible to return to follow Wednesday. Three of them confirmed up.
Wednesday’s follow noticed offensive lineman Riley Reiff, who’s on injured reserve, and defensive finish Trey Flowers and security/particular teamer Cody Davis, each of whom are on the bodily unable to carry out (PUP) record, get designated to return. That opens their 21-day window to be activated to the 53-man roster.
Wide receiver Tyquan Thornton and cornerback Jack Jones, each on injured reserve, didn’t follow Wednesday. The crew can get them on the follow discipline and designate them to return at any level this season.
Here’s what we are able to anticipate from all three gamers:
The Patriots have tried Calvin Anderson and Vederian Lowe at proper sort out this season. They at present rank 67th and seventieth, respectively, in PFF’s total offensive grade amongst 72 certified offensive tackles. So, it’s not going nice over there to date this season.
Reiff was anticipated to be the Patriots’ beginning proper sort out when he signed in free company this offseason. Training camp noticed him moved to proper guard earlier than he suffered a knee damage within the crew’s remaining preseason recreation.
Once he’s totally again in soccer form, it appears affordable for the Patriots to place him at proper sort out and see if he could be an enchancment over Anderson and Lowe.
The Patriots signed Flowers halfway via coaching camp and put him on the PUP record, the place he’s been ever since. It may appear like a sensible signing relying on how efficient he could be and if he can keep wholesome, which has been a problem for him since he left the Patriots in 2018.
The crew wants extra assistance on the sting as they brace themselves to be with out Matthew Judon for months. Flowers and Judon aren’t equivalent gamers, however each defenders can play on the sting as well-rounded defenders able to stuffing the run and speeding the passer.
Flowers possible gained’t be as efficient as Judon at this level in his profession, but it surely’s price noting that he’s truly a full yr youthful than Judon.
The Patriots rank final in particular groups DVOA, however that’s possible largely based mostly on rookie kicker Chad Ryland hitting simply 4-of-7 discipline aim makes an attempt to date this season.
Still, the crew may use extra assist in the kicking recreation, and maybe Davis may exchange somebody like rookie Ameer Speed on the roster. Injured rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez additionally had roles in kick protection and on the punt return crew.