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Report: Patriots work out Ronnie Brown, Ben Hartsock

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The Patriots reportedly worked out a pair of tight ends and a pair of tailbacks, all of whom have prior NFL experience.

Howard Balzer of The Sports Xchange reports New England tried out running backs Ronnie Brown and Brian Leonard and tight ends Ben Hartsock and Nate Byham. It’s unclear when the workouts were held.

Hartsock is a member of PFT’s All-Unemployed Team, as is Brown. Hartsock, Brown, Leonard and Byham would project as role players in New England, with blocking likely a key job requirement. The 33-year-old Hartsock’s blocking is his calling card. Also, Brown and Leonard, like Hartsock, received positive blocking grades from Pro Football Focus a season ago.

Leonard and Byham both played for the Buccaneers a season ago, with the 30-year-old Leonard rushing 47 times for 182 yards and catching 29 passes for 179 yards. He played all 16 games. Byham, 25, appeared in four games, catching 3-38-0 before being placed on injured reserve with calf and knee injuries in October.

The 33-year-old Hartsock appeared in 13 games a season ago. He did not catch a pass, and he has caught just two passes in the last three seasons, all with Carolina.

Brown, 32, rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 45 carries in 16 regular season games for San Diego in 2013. He added eight catches for 60 yards.

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8 Responses to “Report: Patriots work out Ronnie Brown, Ben Hartsock”
  1. watermelon1 says: May 21, 2014 4:21 PM

    Ronnie brown is not someone I want to magically fall into the patriots hands.

    He’s talented and just needs to right situation. Sadly, I can see him being a big addition to the patriots offense that most people won’t realize until he starts piling up the stats.

  2. TheWizard says: May 21, 2014 4:33 PM

    I’m assuming it’s for the emergency list, cause they’re loaded at back for this year. Boldin couldn’t get on the field last year after they signed Blount.

    Of course I expect Vereen to be injured by the third game.

  3. joeytorontosucks says: May 21, 2014 4:55 PM

    Nice move. Ronnie is a nice blocking back and Hartsock was one of the best blocking TE

  4. nickster31 says: May 21, 2014 5:24 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I would like to thank Belichick, Kraft and the Patriots for giving us LaGarret Blount.

  5. rodh32340 says: May 21, 2014 5:38 PM

    Ronnie Brown hasn’t blocked in years…

  6. harrisonhits2 says: May 21, 2014 5:40 PM

    Ah the Bucs pipeline remains open I see.

    None of these guys would be a bad training camp signing. If they work out great, if not its not going to cost much or create a significant cap hit in any way.

  7. spoilerfutbol says: May 21, 2014 5:48 PM

    Hartsock can be this year Matt Mulligan
    Ronnie can be a good sign, but i think Stephen Houston will push Bolden out of the roster.

  8. dhillca says: May 21, 2014 7:03 PM

    Blount-under 600 yards rushing this year

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