The New England Patriots are doing their due diligence as they prepare for the final stretch of the regular season.
They reportedly hosted veteran defensive tackle Akeem Spence for a visit on Tuesday, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Spence was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. After four seasons with the Bucs, the 28-year-old has stints with the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 15 games last year between Philly and Jacksonville, Spence tallied 18 tackles (14 solo).