Patriots sign two players after placing Martellus Bennett, Nate Ebner on IR
The New England Patriots recently lost two players in tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Nate Ebner, who both landed on injured reserved on Monday. Needing to cover the holes left by the two on their 53-man roster, the Patriots have signed linebacker Nicholas Grigsby and offensive lineman Jason King to the active roster, according to the team’s official website.
Before getting absorbed by New England, Grigsby was on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. Originally, Grigsby entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie in 2016. The Los Angeles Rams then signed the Pittsburgh product to a three-year contract, but Grigsby was later waived by the team. The Rams then signed him to their practice squad but he eventually found his way again back to the team’s 53-man roster, appearing in Los Angeles’ final six games of the 2016 campaign.
King, meanwhile, was cut earlier this month by the Ravens. Like Grigsby, King entered the professional level as an undrafted rookie this season. King, an offensive lineman out of Purdue, initially was signed by the Patriots back in May and joined the team during the training camp. He was released just before the 2017 season ,but New England came back calling in September when King was added to the practice squad. He was cut again after that before landing a gig with the Ravens, and now, he’s back with the defending champions.