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Patriots Daily: Practice Squad Openings; Three Tryout in Foxboro

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East quarterback EJ Perry (4), of Brown, looks for a receiver during the second half of the East-West Shrine Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, in Las Vegas.. Perry was one of three players to tryout for the New England Patriots yesterday. (AP Photo/David Becker)

The New England Patriots find themselves with three openings on their practice squad. Last week the Patriots released PK Matthew Wright. The Dolphins signed LB/ST Calvin Munson to their 53-man roster off the Patriots practice squad that same day. Malik Cunningham became the third departure yesterday. He joined the Ravens 53-man roster, creating a third opening in New England. As of now, none of those spots have been filled.

This is notable for two reasons. First, it makes sense to have a full practice squad, for practice purposes alone. But also, many practice squad players sign future contracts with the team. This enables the New England Patriots to retain the player’s rights in the offseason and for 2024. Recently released RB/WR Ty Montgomery auditioned for the New Orleans Saints yesterday, so he is unlikely to be returning.

New England has had several tryouts in recent weeks, so they should have plenty of options to choose from. The team hosted three more players yesterday.

Kendall Hinton, WR (Wake Forest/Broncos)

Hinton has spent his entire NFL career (2020-2022) with the Denver Broncos. He was a college quarterback at Wake Forest that converted to wide receiver. During hi rookie year, Hinton was thrown into emergency QB duty, due to the entire quarterback room of the Broncos being exposed to COVID. Hinton amassed 39 receptions for 486 yards and a touchdown in his two full seasons at wide receiver in Denver. He was released on the Broncos final cutdowns this season.

E.J. Perry, QB (Brown/Jaguars)

The Andover, Mass. native played for Andover High and Boston College, before transferring to finish his collegiate career at Brown. Perry won the Bushnell Cup, as 2021 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. In 10 starts, he passed for 3,033 yards and 23 touchdowns in 10 starts. He also rushed for 402 yards and seven scores. Jacksonville as a UDFA following the 2021 NFL Draft. Perry has spent time with both the Jaguars and Texans, but has yet to appear in an NFL game.

C.J. Saunders (Ohio State/Panthers)

Saunders opted to become a graduate assistant at Ohio State after not being selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. But a year later he made a return to playing, signing with the Carolina Panthers practice squad. He appeared in two NFL games for the Panthers in 2021, catching two passes for 11 yards. This year he signed with the Falcons practice squad on Aug. 31. He remained there until his release on Oct. 11.

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Fun Fact of the Day

Minnesota Vikings QB Nick Mullens and Los Angeles Chargers QB Easton Stick will start their first games of the season this week. That will make 57 different starting quarterbacks in the NFL in 2023. That is well off from the record however. In the 1987 strike season, there were 87 different starting quarterbacks. The most in a non-strike season was set in 2022 with 69.

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