The Patriots added a new player in a familiar role Monday, signing free agent safety/core special teamer Cody Davis, according to Davis’s agent, Jordan Woy.
The move comes a few days after former Patriots safety/core special teamer Nate Ebner signed with the Giants.
Davis played 382 special teams snaps in 2019 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the most of any NFL player behind the Panthers’ Colin Jones and the Giants’ Michael Thomas. Matthew Slater led the Patriots in special teams snaps with 326.
Davis, 30, has been in the NFL since 2013, signing with the Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech. He spent five years with the Rams and then went to Jacksonville for two seasons. He’s 6 feet 2 inches and 203 pounds, and though he has made his career on special teams, he did play some defense for the Rams in 2016 and 2017.
He’s also fast. In 2016, according to the Rams’ website, he hit 23.32 miles per hour on one play tracked by the NFL’s Next Gen Stats and topped 22 miles per hour in 10 of his 15 games that year.
Fun fact: Davis competed on “The Price Is Right” in 2017 and won $5,000, which he donated to charity.
Davis would seem to best fit into Ebner’s old role, but the Patriots did sign a player before last season who’d made his career on special teams, Terrence Brooks, and he wound up having him play meaningful defensive snaps as well.
McCourtys on Team Stidham
Devin and Jason McCourty made it as clear as possible over the weekend: They have faith in Jarrett Stidham.
The brothers talked about Stidham and the Patriots’ quarterbacking situation on their podcast, “Double Coverage,” saying that the youngster out of Auburn made his bones as the scout team quarterback against New England’s defense.
“To me, the best thing for [Stidham] was that he had to go against our defense every week. He didn’t have it easy,” said Devin McCourty. "I love his poise. I would be faking a blitz sometimes and we’d make eye contact and he’d just start smiling and laughing.
“To me, there were weeks where he was just on point. And those were some of our best weeks as a defense, mainly because [he] ate us up in practice leading up to the game, and I think put more pressure on us. So I really admire just how hard he works, and then I’ve got to know him off the field as well. He’s a really good guy.
"Young guy, but very mature. He’s married. I think the Stidhams are going to be in New England for a long time.”
With the departure of Tom Brady, the three quarterbacks on the New England depth chart are Stidham, Brian Hoyer, and Cody Kessler. Last season, Stidham saw action in three regular-season games and was 2-for-4 passing for 14 yards and an interception.
Christopher Price of the Globe staff contributed to this report.