By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — Sunday figures to be one other day the place Patriots followers see somebody make a play earlier than pondering aloud, “Who was that?”
Such has been the case this yr, as distinctive guidelines for injured reserve and observe squad elevation have led to the likes of Terez Corridor, Isaiah Zuber, Tashawn Bower, and Myles Bryant sending viewers to the roster web page on Patriots.com for some extra data.
And whereas it’s all the time a harmful sport to foretell the longer term, the following participant to affix these ranks could also be tight finish Jordan Thomas.
That’s partially attributable to Thomas’ measurement and talent, and likewise because of the staff’s determined want for manufacturing out of the tight finish spot.
First, there’s Thomas: He’s 6-foot-5, 277 kilos, making him the most important goal on the staff. He hasn’t produced a lot in his three-year NFL profession (20 receptions, 215 yards as a rookie; 2 receptions for 11 yards within the two years since), however he did catch 4 touchdowns in his rookie season of 2018 for the Texans. All 4 of these touchdowns got here throughout pink zone possessions. Contemplating the Patriots nonetheless rank useless final in landing passes with 5 on the entire season, including a possible landing menace at this level of the yr may present a much-needed ingredient to the pink zone offense. (The Patriots are tied for third in speeding touchdowns with 14, however some variety is sorely wanted.)
New England signed Thomas off waivers when the Cardinals let him go earlier this month. He performed in 4 video games for Arizona after spending the primary two years of his profession in Houston.
“He’s labored arduous right here,” Invoice Belichick stated of Thomas on Friday. “We had been capable of meet with him just about and begin to get him caught up with a number of the terminology and so forth, nevertheless it’s been good to work with him on the sphere. We’ll simply maintain taking it day-to-day and see the place that takes us. However he’s engaged, he’s all in, he desires to do properly and we’re making an attempt to catch him up as rapidly as we are able to.”
The window is seemingly open for Thomas, too, because the Patriots are getting primarily no manufacturing in any respect out of the tight finish place. With rookies Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi injured, the lone lively tight finish in current weeks has been Ryan Izzo. He has 10 receptions for 134 yards. Keene has one reception for eight yards. And that’s it.
Patriots tight ends have 11 receptions for 142 yards by 9 soccer video games. Within the previous days, 11 receptions for 142 yards would account for someday’s work for Rob Gronkowski.
Clearly, these days aren’t coming again any time quickly. However the level is straightforward: If Jordan Thomas can swimsuit up and play on Sunday vs. his previous staff in Houston, he ought to have ample alternative to make an impression for an offense that might absolutely use the assistance.