The Patriots brought a couple of familiar names onto the practice squad this week, although the faces of the players aren’t the same as the ones who have been with the team in the past.
According to multiple reporters on the Patriots beat, the team has added tight end Joseph Fauria and defensive back Brock Vereen to the practice squad.
Fauria, who worked out for the Patriots on Tuesday, is the nephew of former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria. The elder Fauria was on a pair of Super Bowl champions in New England during his four years with the team from 2002-2005, leading Patriots coach Bill Belichick to say that working out a former player’s nephew is a “sign of my age” at Wednesday’s press conference.
Joseph Fauria caught seven touchdowns with the Lions in 2013, but injuries limited him to seven games last year and he hasn’t played in the NFL this season. Vereen saw three games with the Bears, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, and spent some time on the Vikings practice squad. He takes a spot in the locker room that once housed his older brother Shane, who signed with the Giants as a free agent this offseason.