FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have signed DL Tashawn Bower to the practice squad.
Bower, 24, originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana State on May 5, 2017. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder appeared in seven regular-season games as a reserve over two seasons for the Vikings and totaled seven tackles and one sack. Bower began the 2019 season on Minnesota's Non-Football Injury list before being released on Oct. 15, 2019.
Bower played in 40 games with seven starts at LSU and tallied 60 tackles, 5½ sacks and two forced fumbles during his collegiate career. He played defensive end his first three seasons before transitioning to linebacker as a senior.