Patriots activate Nate Ebner, Ken Webster from PUP

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The New England Patriots activated reserve safety Nate Ebner and cornerback Ken Webster from the physically unable to perform list on Monday.

The activations of Ebner and Webster leave just four players remaining on either the PUP or non-football injury lists for New England. Wide receivers Julian Edelman (thumb/NFI), Demaryius Thomas (Achilles/PUP) and Cameron Meredith (knee/PUP), and tackle Yodny Cajuste (quad/NFI) remain sidelined for the time being.

Ebner is entering his eighth season with the Patriots. He has been a reliable reserve and constant presence on special teams units throughout his tenure in New England. He’s played in 97 career games without making a start and has racked up 87 tackles.

Webster was a seventh-round draft pick this spring out of Mississippi. He appeared in 37 career games for Ole Miss with 92 tackles, three interceptions and 5.5 sacks.

2 responses to “Patriots activate Nate Ebner, Ken Webster from PUP

  1. There is an outside chance that with Ben Watson suspended, if newly acquired TE Suabert plays well enough to warrant a backup TE spot, he could make the team due to his special teams ability, which could domino into Ebner being released or maybe traded. The Patriots got a lot of experience re-assigning Ebner’s duties last season after he was injured and was out for the rest of the season. Saubert could assume some of those responsibilities as he is known to be a good special teams player, and other responsibilities could go to Jones, Brooks, and Chung who held some of Ebner’s duties in the past. I say all this because the Patriots clearly have to use a roster spot for Stidham this year and carry three QB’s versus the usual two and a Practice Squad-er. Stidham would never clear waivers. Ebner will be 31 this season and is coming off a knee injury, and the team philosophy is to release players a year early rather than a year late. So the harsh reality of the 53 man roster and the business side of football may result in the end of the line for a very good Patriot. If the past is any indication, Belichick won’t string him out into the first four weeks of the season until Watson needs to be activated, but rather release him with time enough to catch on elsewhere. Some might say they would just release another TE but they need those players for backup and multiple TE sets, and they need diverse skill sets at the position to replace Gronkowski’s production. It will take more than a couple of players. Perhaps there is another way to slice this but I see it as a real possibility due to needing to keep Stidham. Next season they likely go back to two QB’s on the roster and Hoyer is released or traded, unless Brady retires.

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