Patriot signing QB Jake DeLigala to shuffle to practice squad


Kicker Nick Foch and defensive tackle Xavier Williams returned to the Patriots’ practice squad on Monday after being temporarily elevated to Sunday’s Week 1 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots’ practice squad is filled with 16 players, but they only have 51 players on their active roster after Yodney Kajstay and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski were placed on injured reserve last week after an offensive tackle.

The Petriots may elect to officially sign Fok and / or Williams for their 53-man roster to make room for Deligella this week.

If Folk and Williams were officially on the Patriots’ 53-man roster for Week 1, their salaries would have been guaranteed for the 2020 NFL season. If Foch or Williams were cut this season, the Patriots used a drawback in the CBA to avoid 100% termination payments. If Week 2 or later Fok or Williams is signed, only 35% of their salary is guaranteed.

Lok missed a 45-yard field goal in Week 1. He made 3 extra-3 extra attempts. Williams played nine snacks and tackled two while filling in for Beau Allen, who is also in injured reserve.

The Patriots could also elect to add another wide receiver to their 53-man roster with Olszewski on IR. The Patriots currently have four wide receivers in their practice squad – Cristian Wilkerson, Devin Ross, Isaiah Zuber and Mason Kinsey – and four on their 53-man roster – Julian Edelman, Damier Fraud, N’Kell Harry and Jacoby Meyers.

Edleman caught five passes for 57 yards and ran the ball once for 23 yards while playing only 58 percent of offensive snaps. Bird was not targeted during major receivers with 56 snaps. Harry caught five passes for 36 yards on 51 snaps. Meyers was also not targeted at seven snacks.

The Patriots can use extra depth at the tight end. Ryan Izzo started and played 63 of 63 possible snaps, catching a pass in the Patriots’ season opener. Rookie Devin Asiasi played 10 snaps but was not targeted. Rookie Dalton Keane was inactive after being listed as a suspect with a neck injury. The Patriots used infamous offensive lineman Mike Onwenu and Justin Heron as jumbo tight ends in some packages. The Patriots have Jake Burt in their practice squad.

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