Patriots Bring In Another Back

A league source has confirmed that free agent running back Kevin Jones visited with the New England Patriots last week. Adam Schefter of the NFL Network first reported the free agent visit.

The New England Patriots may already have a full backfield, but that didn't keep them from hosting another free agent who - if healthy - could help them fortify the position. Free agent running back Kevin Jones visit Foxboro last week in what is a clear indication that the Patriots continue to have interest in improving performance at the position.

Jones is recovering from a major knee injury (ACL), and could miss the start of training camp, possibly even the start of the season for the team that signs him. Typically ACL tears can take up to a year to recover from. Some medical opinions claim an 18-month recovery process.

The Patriots have four running backs on the roster; Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The team also has two fullbacks in the mix; Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel.

Even with six backs on the roster the Patriots are believed to be interested in upgrading the position.

In four seasons with the Detroit Lions (2004-07), Jones gained 3,067 yards on 761 attempts (4.0 avg.) with 24 touchdowns. He also recorded 141 receptions for 1,006 yards (7.1 avg.) and three touchdowns. Jones was a first round pick by the Lions in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Former Patriot employee Matt Walsh is set to speak with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Senator Arlen Spector today. Walsh is the centerpiece in the controversy over a second set of tapes the Patriots made while recording opponent's coaching signals.

The meetings are set to take place in the morning with press conferences held shortly thereafter. Walsh and his lawyer Michael Levy may participate in the Commissioner's post-meeting press conference.

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