Anthony Johnson reportedly will be released by the Patriots on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Could the Patriots be adding a quarterback after all?
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots are releasing defensive tackle Anthony Johnson.
This opens up a roster spot, which could potentially be for a quarterback as the team does not know if either Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Bills.
Garoppolo is dealing with a reported sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, while Brissett has a thumb injury suffered in last Thursday’s game against the Texans.
Johnson had a great training camp and preseason to earn one of the final 53-man roster spots, but hasn’t been as disruptive over the first three games of the regular season as he has just four tackles.
The Patriots could use the open roster spot for a quarterback. The team reportedly had T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in for workouts last week, but did not sign either.
If they in fact were interested in Yates, he would need to be added to the active roster as he doesn’t have practice squad eligibility.
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