From Practice Squad to Active Roster?
Second-year offensive lineman Jordan Devey has seen a lot of action at Patriots training camp this summer. If it’s starting with the first unit or seeing time with the second stringers, Devey has seen a lot of snaps at both the guard and tackle positions.
Devey has come a long way for his shot to make an NFL active roster. The 6-foot-7, 317 pound lineman started all 24 games of his two-year career with the Memphis Tigers in college. He played on every snap, which included 1,558 plays. He started and appeared in both guard and tackle positions on both sides of the offensive line throughout his career.
After college, Devey signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in May 2013. After being released by Baltimore, Devey was signed to New England's practice squad in September 2013.
Coach Bill Belichick said Devey made the most of his time with the Patriots’ practice squad last year, although time will tell if he’ll be the next practice squad success story.
“You can go back over the last 15 years and find dozens of players who have been in that situation for us and have gone on to play a lot of good football – Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell,” said Belichick. “Those guys have played. We’ll see what Devey does or doesn’t do … We could go and name a lot more – some of whom are on our roster, some of who aren’t, maybe who have played for us or moved onto another team.”
With all the playing time given to Devey, the active roster could be in his future.
Kevin Saleeba is the senior editor and columnist for Patriots Insider. A former beat writer for local media, Kevin has extensive knowledge of the team and experience covering the Patriots. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinSaleeba or like him on Facebook.
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