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Patriots reportedly host 3 players for tryouts Tuesday, including a familiar face

Ryan Hannable
September 11, 2018 - 9:44 pm

It's been a busy couple of days in Foxboro.

Besides signing three players Tuesday, the team also hosted three players for tryouts. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, running backs Orleans Darkwa and Charles Sims, and wide receiver Brandon Tate all visited Gillette Stadium.

Tate is familiar to the organization as he was selected in the second round of the 2009 draft. After New England, the wide receiver spent time with the Bengals and Bills, followed by the Saints this summer, but was released at the end training camp. Although he's a receiver, he's mostly used as a punt/kick returner.

Darkwa had the best year of his career last season with the Giants. He finished with 171 carries for 751 yards and five touchdowns, but hasn't been signed by any team since becoming a free agent in March. Simms has spent the last four years with the Buccaneers, but was released with an injury settlement last month.

While no signings appear imminent given the roster is maxed out at 53 players, the team is always doing its due diligence on players for future needs.

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