Patriots sign Andre Neblett to help fill Vince Wilfork void
|10.09.13 at 10:29 am ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots have added depth along the defensive line to help replace Vince Wilfork, signing former Panthers nose tackle Andre Neblett.
Neblett, 25, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Panthers after joining Carolina as a rookie free agent out of Temple in in 2010. The 6-foot, 310-pounder signed with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent on May 6 but was released by the Buccaneers on Aug. 31. Neblett has played in 30 NFL games with seven starts during his three seasons with the Panthers and has registered 28 total tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. Last season, he played in 11 games with two starts and recorded 11 tackles and a half-sack.
Neblett could also be insurance should another veteran — Tommy Kelly — go down with injury. Kelly left Sunday’s game in Cincinnati holding his right knee and limped off the field. Kelly told reporters that the injury was very minor and he’ll be ready to play going forward.
In addition, the Patriots re-signed linebacker Ja’Gared Davis and safety Kanorris Davis to the practice squad. Both players were signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Saturday and played on special teams at Cincinnati before being released on Monday.
Davis, 22, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Aug. 28. The 6-foot, 238-pounder was originally signed by the Texans as a rookie free agent from Southern Methodist on May 10 and was released on Aug. 27. Davis was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1. He played in 53 college games and recorded 301 total tackles, 20 sacks, four interceptions, eight forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Davis played on special teams last Sunday at Cincinnati.
Davis, 23, originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Troy on May 3. The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder was released on Aug. 31 and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1. Davis was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster prior to the game at Atlanta and played against the Falcons on special teams. He was released by the Patriots on Sept. 30 and signed back to the practice squad on Oct. 2. Davis played as a linebacker in college, where he helped Troy win the Sun Belt Conference championship in 2011 and 2012.
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