FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots’ finalized roster, released Saturday, was final for about 20 hours. Two new additions to the team, claimed off waivers Sunday, didn’t come as a surprise given the team clearly needed to add at least one wide receiver.
As it turned out, they added two. Amara Darboh, 24, was claimed off waivers from Seattle, and Chad Hansen, 23, was claimed off waivers from the New York Jets.
Both players are on rookie contracts and were mid-round draft picks. Darboh, 6 feet 2 inches and 215 pounds, was drafted in the third round in 2017 after playing college football at Michigan, where he was a Biletnikoff Award candidate as a fifth-year senior.
Last year as a rookie with the Seahawks, he got snaps in all 16 games and totaled eight receptions for 71 yards.
Hansen, 6-2 and 202 pounds, was drafted in the fourth round in 2017. The former California Bear played in 15 games for the Jets with one start last season, logging nine catches for 94 yards.
They join Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson in the Patriots receivers’ room. Julian Edelman is suspended for the first month of the season.
“I’m definitely comfortable with what we have in the room,” Dorsett said. “I remember last year there were a few games where we went in with three receivers, too. We’ve got a lot of guys on this team who can make plays. Not just receivers, tight ends and running backs.”
Just as the initial 53-man roster changed overnight, it will remain a work in progress. Along with the receivers, the offensive line was notable for its lack of depth when the Patriots made the choice to carry only seven linemen — five starters and two backups.
On Sunday, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia said he figured the team will add an eighth to the active roster and carry two on the practice squad.
“We’re going to have at least, probably, eight on the roster,” Scarnecchia said. “We don’t have eight on the roster right now. A couple of guys will be on the practice squad.”
The players on the practice squad are Cole Croston and James Ferentz. Presumably, an eighth lineman would be a free agent pickup or get signed off another team’s practice squad. A trade is also possible, though the team would be looking for a versatile depth piece, not a big name.
The Patriots had one space available on their initial roster, and added a second Sunday when they placed tight end Ryan Izzo on injured reserve. Izzo was included on the initial roster to enable the Patriots to bring him back sometime this season should they choose.
Having filled those two spots with Darboh and Hansen, the Patriots now have a full roster and would have to clear a spot for any other new addition.
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Eight players the Patriots waived on Saturday were signed to the team’s practice squad on Sunday.
They are offensive linemen Croston and Ferentz, quarterback Danny Etling, defensive lineman Trent Harris, wide receiver Riley McCarron, running back Ralph Webb, cornerback Jomal Wiltz, and defensive tackle Vincent Valentine.
The two remaining spots should be filled in the coming days.
Some of the Patriots’ cuts who could have been practice squad candidates had they passed through waivers were claimed by other teams. Cornerback Cyrus Jones, one of the more notable cuts Saturday, was claimed by the Ravens.
The Bills claimed punter Corey Bojorquez and defensive back Ryan Lewis, and the Lions, under Matt Patricia, claimed defensive end Eric Lee. The Texans claimed safety A.J. Moore.
The Saints also signed running back Mike Gillislee, who was not subject to the waiver process as a veteran.
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Patriots left tackle Trent Brown walked through the locker room wearing a smile and an AC/DC T-shirt Sunday morning but he was the lone absence from the team’s practice that afternoon.
Brown had surgery on his right shoulder last December but made a full recovery and was healthy throughout the preseason. If he does not return to practice soon, it would be cause for concern, given the strength of the Texans’ pass rush the Patriots will be facing on Sunday.
In potentially better news for the offensive line, though, right tackle Marcus Cannon practiced on Sunday.
Scarnecchia said the plan was for Cannon to do individual drills at least and probably some 1-on-1 work, adding that the team hopes to have him available for Week 1. Cannon missed the preseason with a leg injury.
“We feel like he’s been very close to being good, and whether or not that continues, we’ll just have to see,” Scarnecchia said. “He’s in that process now.”