Entering the week preparing for the stout defense of the Seattle Seahawks, the New England Patriots worked out some players including former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Legedu Naanee and former Chicago Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman.
It’s interesting to see the team trying out Naanee as they are coming off their best pass performance of the year. It says a lot about the core of the receiving group with Julian Edelman and Aaron Hernandez still out and Wes Welker battling an ankle injury at practice this week. As a former fifth round pick by the San Diego Chargers, Naanee has had an average career. Nothing truly special. His best year came in 2011 as a member of theCarolina Panthers posting 467 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Zackary Bowman, fifth year cornerback out of Nebraska, had an excellent sophomore year with the Bears recording six interceptions, 55 tackles, and a forced fumble. With the play lackluster of Kyle Arrington as the right cornerback, Bowman’s experience could be helpful for the team. According to Pro Football Focus, Arrington hasn’t been good this year and adding a veteran to move Sterling Moore or Ras-I Dowling up on the depth chart could help this 31st ranked pass defense.
QB rating when throwing at NE’s Kyle Arrington edges closer to perfect – 158.0 after 5 weeks (81.8% complete, 3 TDs)
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 10, 2012
The other players the Patriots worked out today were running back Leenon Creer and DuJuan Harris and offensive lineman Nyere Aumitare.
It’s unclear whether the team is going to sign any of the players to a contract.