The New England Patriots have signed veteran free agent defensive end Mark Anderson and released first-year defensive tackle Marlon Favorite on Friday, according to a press release from the team.
Anderson is a five-year NFL veteran who played with the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans. Throughout his career, he has recorded 154 tackles, 25.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
In his rookie year, Anderson was named to the All-Rookie Team, was named NFL Defensive Rookie for the Month of October after recording six sacks and finished second in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.
Favorite joined the Patriots practice squad in January 2011. He has spent the last two years on practice squads in St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, and New Orleans.
The Patriots announced today that they re-signed receiver DeAndrew White to help fill out their 90-man roster. White was a staple on New England's practice squad in 2016, signing on in mid-September and remaining with the club through its Super Bowl run.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2015, White made the 49ers roster out of training camp and played in four games, finishing with two catches for 18 yards. The 6-foot, 192-pounder also returned six kicks for 142 yards and returned one punt for 4 yards that year.
The Patriots are as deep at receiver as they've ever been, it seems. White will slot in on the depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. The team has a handful of long-shots at the position who could be ultimately competing for a shot to make the practice squad, including second-year player Devin Lucien and undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.