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Patriots Sign DB Eddie Pleasant and G Nate Theaker; Release WR Cody Hollister


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed veteran DB Eddie Pleasant and first-year G Nate Theaker. Terms of the contracts were not announced. 

In addition, the Patriots released WR Cody Hollister. 

Pleasant, 29, is a veteran of six NFL seasons with the Houston Texans after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Oregon in 2012. The 5-foot-10, 210 pounder, began his career on the Houston practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster for the final two games of the season. Pleasant has played in 78 regular-season games with one start and has 86 total tackles, 2½ sacks, three interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 24 special teams tackles. In addition, he has played in five postseason games and has posted four tackles and two fumble recoveries. 

Last season, Pleasant played in all 16 games with Houston and finished with 27 total tackles, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and five special teams tackles. 

Theaker, 24, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on May 12, 2017, out of Wayne State. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder, spent time last season on the Dallas and New Orleans practice squads. He was released by New Orleans on May 7, 2018. Theaker played in 42 games in college with 33 starts, 14 at right guard, 11 at left tackle and eight at right tackle. 

Hollister, 24, originally signed with New England as a rookie free agent on May 5, 2017, out of Arkansas. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, spent the entire 2017 campaign on the New England practice squad.

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