BOSTON (CBS) – In an effort to keep rolodex fresh for the 2021 season, the Patriots coached five players on Thursday. This group included a quarterback and a former baseball player looking to switch sports.
The Patriots welcomed tight end / former Phillies outfielder Dylan Cozens, quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, defensive back Dominque Martin and linebackers John Lako and Chris Orr to Foxboro for free agent practices Thursday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.
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The 27-year-old Cozens is the most intriguing name in the group, as he made the jump from baseball to football this summer. The former outfielder was a second-round pick for the Phillies in 2012 and has spent his entire baseball career in the Philadelphia organization, primarily as a minor league. Cozens played 27 major league games during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
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A defensive end in high school, Cozens had pledged to play football at the University of Arizona. But he put his talents to the service of the diamond after being drafted by the Phillies.
As for Ta’amu, he played 19 games for the Ole Miss over two seasons, throwing 30 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.5% of his passes. He was not drafted in 2019 and signed with the Texans, then joined the XFL after being released by Houston. The XFL shut down after starting five games for the St. Louis Battlehawks, but Ta’amu was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent time on the Kansas City practice squad in 2020, joined the Lions practice squad and was back with the Chiefs in early 2021 before being lifted in May.
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The Patriots probably won’t sign anyone ahead of the season – barring injuries – but these practices allow Bill Belichick and his team to get a glimpse of these players if needed at some point in the preseason or season. regular season.