Who is Filling the Final 3 Spots on the Patriots Roster?

Armond Armstead retired and the Patriots released two players last week, leaving three open roster spots for new players headed into training camp.

According to various reports, the Patriots have filled those positions.

The Herald’s Jeff Howe reported Friday evening that the team had re-signed wide receiver Derrick Johnson after cutting him June 9.

The former Maine wide receiver told the Portland Press Herald in mid June that he had expected to return to the Patriots after recovering from a sprained left knee.

The Patriots also signed wide receiver Tyler McDonald, according to his agent.

On Saturday evening, ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reported that the team had signed free agent TE Nate Byham, a four-year veteran who spent the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots confirmed his signing Sunday.


The additions of these three will bring the team’s roster back to 90 players, the maximum allowed. The Patriots will, of course, continue to tinker with the roster throughout training camp, which starts this week. But the team won’t have to trim its roster much until Aug. 26, when the mandatory cut down to 75 players is required. Teams will have to get down to 53-man rosters by Aug. 30.

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