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