The Patriots plan to sign running back Lamar Miller, defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, and center Tyler Gauthier after hosting all three players for a visit Monday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
With eight players opting out of the upcoming season, the Patriots have filled the newly created roster spots by signing those three free agents, re-signing a trio undrafted rookies — wide receiver Will Hastings, quarterback Brian Lewerke, and wide receiver Isaiah Zuber — and trading a conditional seventh-round draft pick for cornerback Michael Jackson.
The team still has an opening on its 80-man roster.
Miller is the most notable of the bunch. After tearing his ACL and missing all of last season, the 29-year-old is looking to have a bounceback year — and his resumé indicates that’s certainly possible. In 2018, Miller rushed for 973 yards and five touchdowns. He has eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards twice in his career, first in 2014 and again in 2016.
Drafted 97th overall in 2012, Miller spent his first four seasons with the Miami Dolphins and most recent three with the Houston Texans.
With Sony Michel starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list and Brandon Bolden opting out for the season, Miller certainly adds some depth to New England’s running backs.
Kilgo, who played at Maryland, was selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He appeared in nine games as a rookie, logging six tackles and one pass defended. The next season, Kilgo appeared in nine games before he was released by the Broncos.
The Patriots ended up claiming him off waivers that year, though his stint was brief and largely consisted of practice-squad reps. Kilgo has since bounced around practice squads, signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans. He played in 11 games with the Titans last season, registering five tackles.
Gauthier, who went undrafted in 2019, has yet to play in an NFL game. He spent part of last season on New England’s practice squad. With former backup center Ted Karras departing for the Miami Dolphins this offseason, Gauthier and rookie Dustin Woodard add depth to the position.
The Patriots were also expected to sign tight end Jordan Leggett, but, according to ESPN’s Field Yates, the deal is no longer happening. New England’s tight end room remains young, with 2018 draft pick Ryan Izzo and a pair of rookies in Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene. Matt LaCosse, the group’s most experienced player, has decided not to play this season.
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