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Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

Patriots work out former Eagles defensive back Tuesday

The New England Patriots worked out a defensive back on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Tre Sullivan, a former Philadelphia Eagles safety, played 12 games in 2018. The 24-year-old made 17 tackles, 12 solo, in his stint with Philadelphia. Sullivan played in college at Shepherd University in West Virginia, and was released by the Eagles over the summer. 

The workout comes after the Patriots have a need to fill three open practice squad spots following the departures of offensive tackle Dan Skipper, defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu and placing Obi Melifonwu on injured reserve.

New England also announced that they've placed Gunner Olszewski on injured reserve and have activated Isaiah Wynn. 

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NFL Rumors: Patriots showing interest in ex-Jets TE Jordan Leggett

NFL Rumors: Patriots showing interest in ex-Jets TE Jordan Leggett

The New England Patriots' search for tight end help presses on.

The Patriots are "showing interest" in former New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jordan Leggett, CLNS Media's Evan Lazar reported Friday.

The 25-year-old Clemson product doesn't boast much NFL experience: He missed his entire rookie season with the New York Jets in 2017 after injuring his knee in the preseason and spent the 2019 campaign on the Bucs' practice squad.

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Leggett played in 15 games for the Jets in 2018, though, catching 14 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown as a "move" tight end. He was waived by the Bucs last Thursday and has been training in the Tampa area since then, per Lazar.

Leggett isn't exactly a game-changer, but the Patriots need tight end depth after Matt LaCosse opted out of the 2020 season. Ryan Izzo is the only New England tight end with NFL experience ahead of rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene.

The Patriots reportedly are considering 35-year-old tight end Delanie Walker in free agency, as well. Leggett would be a much younger (and cheaper) option, however, so it appears New England is still exploring the market as training camp ramps up.

Jerod Mayo was 'shocked' by Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung opt-outs

Jerod Mayo was 'shocked' by Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung opt-outs

When he heard the news that Dont’a Hightower and Patrick Chung were opting out of the 2020 season, Jerod Mayo had the same reaction most people did. 

"I was shocked, disappointed -- a bunch of emotions went through my head initially," said Mayo, who played alongside and is friends with both men.

"Then I took a step back and looked at each situation. These are personal decisions. Obviously, Hightower took a step back and examined his personal situation and so did Chung and I totally respect the decision. I know coach (Bill Belichick) already talked about it.”

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Speaking on a video conference call Friday morning, the Patriots inside linebackers coach said the leadership and play of both players will be missed but added that, “From a football standpoint, you just gotta treat it like an injury.”

“We’ve always had that 'next man up' mentality and that’s how we’re approaching it going forward,” said Mayo. “With that said, even though those guys have opted out, those guys will still continue to mentor some of the younger guys. Guys who haven’t played as much ball.

"And I can totally appreciate it. Hightower is one of the smartest football players I’ve ever been around and so is Chung. Those guys are not here with us this year on the field but they are still around.”

Mayo saluted the work the organization has done in getting the facility prepared for dealing with football during a pandemic. 

“The staff has done a fantastic job,” he said. “One thing I’ve always respected about this organization is they don’t just try to solve these complex problems in-house, they go out and ask other people what they’re doing. 

“When I walk around the building, I feel safe and I think the players do, as well,” Mayo continued. “I think they’ve done a fantastic job. Our operations people deserve a shout-out.

"This is such a fluid situation. Things change, whether it’s the CDC changing guidelines or any of that stuff. It changes so much and those guys have done a great job around the building so guys feel safe and coaches feel safe.”

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