Patriots Bring Back DT Casey Walker

The Patriots brought a familiar face back to Foxboro with the signing of defensive tackle Casey Walker. Walker, 25, is entering his third season.

There are depth issues all over the roster due to a rash of early injuries, and defensive tackle is one of the areas that got hit hard. With a clear lack of depth, which showed as the Packers backs ran wild Thursday night, Casey Walker could come in and provide immediate improvement, not to mention he already knows the system and what to expect in the locker room.

Walker, who stands at 6'1, 340 pounds, attended Oklahoma from 2009 to 2012 and appeared in 35 games, totaling 25 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three passes defended, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. Walker attended Garland High School in Garland, Texas and was sought after by Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi, TCU, and Oklahoma. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Carolina in 2013. He was on their practice squad until September of 2014 when he was signed by the Patriots for the first time.

When LeGarrette Blount became available, Walker was the odd-man out and he was waived. He re-signed with the practice squad, but ended up leaving New England in December when the Ravens signed him. In two seasons, Walker has appeared in six games, started one, and has made seven tackles, four assisted tackles, and one sack.

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