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Report: Patriots bringing back special teams ace Cody Davis on one-year deal

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The New England Patriots are keeping one of their most important special teams players.

Recently retired Patriots safety Devin McCourty reported Saturday evening that the Patriots have agreed to sign Cody Davis to a one-year contract. 

Davis suffered a knee injury in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns last season. He underwent season-ending surgery soon afterwards.

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Davis' absence, as McCourty notes above, was a huge setback for New England's special teams. This unit struggled quite a bit in 2022, especially during a Week 17 loss to the Bills that saw Buffalo return two kicks for touchdowns.

In addition to Davis' return, the Patriots have also re-signed special teams veterans Matthew Slater and Joe Cardona this offseason, as well as Detroit Lions special teams ace Chris Board earlier this week. 

These moves should help the Patriots make considerable improvement on special teams in the 2023 NFL season.