The Patriots signed veteran defensive deal with Carl Davis off the Jaguars’ apply squad Wednesday, infusing wanted depth right into a place that’s abruptly in dire straits.
Starter Lawrence Man had been the Pats’ solely wholesome defensive deal with previous to Davis’ addition. Fellow starter Bryon Cowart has been sidelined since testing optimistic for COVID-19 late Saturday night time. Veteran Adam Butler stays restricted by a shoulder damage, in keeping with the staff’s projected damage report launched Wednesday.
If Davis fills Cowart’s sneakers as an early-down, run-stopping presence, he ought to be anticipated to take between 30-40% of the staff’s defensive snaps Sunday towards the Broncos. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder is now on his fifth staff, following stints in Jacksonville and Indianapolis the previous two seasons. Davis entered the NFL as a fifth-round choose of the Ravens in 2015.
In Baltimore, he began three video games as a rookie and 9 extra over his second yr. Davis was reduce heading into the 2018 season, when the Browns claimed him off waivers. He has but to start out a sport since, final showing in two contests with the Jaguars in 2019.
Davis just lately accomplished a 4-game suspension to start out this season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances coverage. Jacksonville launched him on Monday, earlier than re-signing him to its apply squad on Tuesday.