BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots have signed eight players to their practice squad, including a few players released over the weekend.
Offensive linemen Chris Barker and Clay DeBord, defensive linemen Geneo Grissom and Woodrow Hamilton, linebacker Rufus Johnson, wide receivers Devin Lucien and Devin Stree and running back Bishop Sankey make up New England’s practice squad to start the season.
DeBord, Sankey and Street are the only three members who were not part of the team for training camp.
Sankey, a second-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2014, is the biggest name added to the practice squad. The 5-10, 209-pound back was released by Tennessee on September 2 after just two seasons with the team, having rushed for 762 yards with three touchdowns in 29 games. He managed just 12 starts for the Titans during his tenure in Tennessee.
DeBord, 24, was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie free agent in May but was released on August 29. DeBord set a school-record with 51 starts at left tackle at Eastern Washington.
Street, 25, played two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after being drafted in the fifth round in 2014 out of Pittsburgh. He played in 31 games over his two years with the Cowboys, catching nine passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. He was released on September 3.