The Patriots confirmed Tuesday morning that they had signed four players to their practice squad late Monday. The four players were tight end Arther Love, cornerback Brock Williams, defensive lineman Jace Sayler and defensive lineman Maurice Anderson.
All four players had been with the team throughout the offseason and training camp and were cut in the final wave of roster moves on Sunday to get down to the 53-man roster. Teams could submit their practice squad lists to the league offices after 4 p.m. on Monday Sept. 2. With the four players, the Patriots still have one spot open on their practice squad.
The practice squad can not exceed five players per club and is made up of players who have cleared waivers and who do not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players cannot be practice squad players for more than two seasons. An accrued season is one that the player was or should have been on full pay status for a total of six or more games.
Love was originally drafted in the sixth round in 2001 by the Patriots out of South Carolina State, but did not play in a game last season. He started his NFL career on the Physically Unable to Perform list and was not put on the active roster until Nov. 21. He was inactive for the final six regular season games and all three postseason games.
Similarly, Williams was drafted in the third round in 2001 by the Patriots out of Notre Dame, but has yet to play a game in the NFL. He injured his knee in the 2001 offseason and was place on Injured Reserve on Sept. 9 for the remainder of the season.
Sayler originally joined the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan State in 2001. He started last season's opener against the Bengals, but played in only two games for the year. He was placed on Injured reserved on Oct. 5 for the remainder of the season.
Anderson originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent in April 2000 out of Virginia. After being cut by New England, he spent the entire 2000 season on the New York Jets roster, but was inactive for all 16 games. He was released by the Jets prior to the 2001 season and signed to the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 16, were he remained for the entire season.
Two former Patriots, Drew Inzer and Maugaula Tuitele, have found new homes. Tuitele was claimed off waivers by the Bills and Inzer by the Jaguars.