Patriots sign Shilique Calhoun

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In addition to a slew of undrafted rookie free agents, the Patriots also signed a veteran linebacker to the roster on Thursday.

The team announced that Shilique Calhoun has agreed to a deal along with 11 other players.

Calhoun was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2016. He ended his rookie year on injured reserve, spent time on the practice squad in his other two seasons with Oakland and wound up back on injured reserve to end last season.

Calhoun had 29 tackles and a half-sack in the 26 games he did play for the Raiders. He’s the first player with NFL experience added to the linebacking corps in New England this offseason.

5 responses to “Patriots sign Shilique Calhoun

  1. Raiders listed him LB but he’s more a DE, and ol’ crazy GOAT Belichick might try him as a blocking TE as Calhoun played DE/TE at college and Pats are light at TE. He might just make the final cut – if he can get to Sept healthy.

  2. Never heard of him, so obviously he’ll wind up being a significant contributor this season….or be camp fodder.

  3. Trust me he isn’t a blocking TE! Good guy and I rooted for him but he’s afraid of contact. Stranger things have happened I suppose…

  4. The poster above is correct. Calhoun is afraid of contact and is not very strong for the position. He was a good pass rusher in college because of his speed and was actually quite productive. Once he entered the NFL, he was going up against just as athletic offensive linemen and he got overpowered and he played scared. Doubt he makes the roster

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