Last week it was reported that the Patriots would be meeting with former Jaguars, Broncos, and Redskins defensive tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton.
It was announced Monday that Knighton is in fact signing with the Pats as an unrestricted free agent.
The 29 year-old “Pot Roast”, who acquired his nickname on a team flight during his rookie year in Jacksonville, entered the league as a third-round draft pick out of Temple in 2009. It’s not surprising that the name stuck as it’s somewhat fitting considering his 6’3″, 354-pound frame.
Knighton most recently played one season with the Redskins but Pats fans remember him most from his time with Denver, specifically this crucial 4th down sack in that terrible AFC Championship a couple years ago:
In New England, Terrance will likely be the third defensive tackle on the depth chart behind Malcolm Brown and Alan Branch. He isn’t much of a pass-rusher, but the Patriots will looks for him to use his size to help clog things up inside.
The Pats also acquired another tight end on Monday, despite the fact that they already have two of the best that the league has to offer.
28 year-old Clay Harbor is a six-year veteran who has played with the Eagles (2010-12) and the Jaguars (2013-15). In 83 NFL games he has 111 receptions for 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season he finished with 14 receptions for 149 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.
Expect him to further strengthen New England’s elite tight end corps which is probably already giving opposing defenses nightmares.
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