The Patriots have made a late free agent fury, signing some needs before this Saturday’s draft.
First, they signed 38 year old punter Scott Player. Not exactly a need, but it’s a freaking awesome signing. Look at him:
Player is here for one thing… and that is to provide Chris Hanson some competition during training camp. He actually punted well in his limited stint for Cleveland last year, and it will be interesting to see if he can push Hanson for his job.
The Patriots also announced the signing of defensive lineman Kenny Smith, who was cut by the team last year in training camp. Nothing big, but another body for camp. He’s big, strong, and versatile, has some experience, and could make a push for a roster spot.
The biggest signing of the group was 36 year old tight end Marcus Pollard. At 6’3″, nearly 260 lbs, Pollard is a force. He is a good blocker, and has decent hands for a tight end. I really like this signing because it temporarily addresses a draft need, tight end. Plus, Pollard fits the shoes of the blocking tight end that Kyle Brady left behind.