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Meet the Newest New England Patriot: Oshane Ximines

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New York Giants linebacker Oshane Ximines watches against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The New England Patriots made several additions to their roster over the past week through the NFL Draft. Those additions focused on offense. On Tuesday the Patriots added a defensive player to the roster. This time, they went the veteran route by bringing in former Giants edge defender Oshane Ximines.

Oshane Ximines

The New York Giants selected Oshane Ximines in the third round (No. 95 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Old Dominion Monarchs. He was teammates there with Patriots defensive end Keion White (White transferred to Georgia Tech after the 2020 season).

Ximines made an immediate impact as an NFL rookie. He appeared in all 16 games for New York, starting twice. He finished the season with 25 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He was also a core special teams player for the Giants.

His promising rookie campaign was not built on in his second season. Ximines suffered a shoulder injury. His season ended after only four games. The New York Giants spent significant draft capital in the following years. Ximines saw his playing time and production decrease.

By 2022, New York was back playing Ximimes more than 50% of their defensive snaps. He had his most productive year since his rookie campaign of 2019. He amassed 24 tackles (15 solo), eight quarterback hits, and 2.0 sacks.

Ximines began the 2023 season on New York’s practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster on Oct. 28, 2023. Just over a month later, on Nov. 30, 2023, the Giants released him. He remained unemployed until signing with the New England Patriots.

Pro Football Focus gave Oshane Ximines a grade of 70.2 in 2023. Although it was a limited sample size (52 defensive snaps) it was the highest grade of Ximines career.

Patriots Edge Defenders

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Ximines has been a core special teams player throughout his NFL career. If he hopes to make the Patriots roster, being able to contribute on special teams is a must.

He has primarily played on the defensive line in his career, but often standing up on the edge in an outside linebacker position. Others on the roster who fit this description include Matthew Judon, Anfernee Jennings, and Josh Uche. However, the team lacks depth behind those three, who are locks to make the team.

Oshane Ximines gives the New England Patriots potential depth at outside linebacker and a core special teams player. He could fill the role occupied by the departed Chris Board last season, with more upside on defense. If he proves to be a valuable special teams asset with some pass-rushing upside, Ximines has a shot to make the 53-man roster out of camp.

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