Patriots Working On Adding A Lineman

The New England Patriots have been working behind the scenes to build some depth on their offensive line. Here's what we've heard so far, including one player the team really wanted, but didn't get.

According to insider Adam Caplan, the Patriots put a waiver wire claim in on offensive guard Andy Allerman who was released by the New Orleans Saints. It was a surprise cut that caught teams off guard. New England expressed an interest in Allerman as a rookie before he was drafted.

Allerman was assigned to the Dolphins in terms of priority. The New York Jets also put a claim in on the former Akron product.

According to Patriots Insider Jon Scott, the team will probably add another offensive lineman until Hochstein returns.

The Patriots' offensive line depth is thin and became thinner when roster cuts were announced. The team made the move to put starting offensive guard Stephen Neal on the PUP list and placed offensive tackle Oliver Ross on the Non-football injury list.

The moves allow the Patriots to keep both players on the roster but allow for a return after the first six weeks of the season. The loss of Neal puts the team in tight spot for depth on the interior. The loss of Ryan O'Callaghan to reserve/injured list a few days earlier combined with Ross puts the tackle position in a bind.

In order to comply with the league mandated 53-man roster limit, New England released two veterans and a rookie lineman yesterday: C Mike Flynn, OG John Welbourn and OL Stephen Sene.

Flynn and Welbourn could have provided the much-needed veteran experience along the interior.

An earlier report by and's own Adam Caplan indicated that primary backup lineman Russ Hochstein is 2-3 weeks away from returning to the lineup. The move leaves just offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Billy Yates as the healthy bodies at the right guard spot opposite Logan Mankins.

With the Patriots releasing Two players (John Lynch and Chad Jackson) on Sunday, it appears they're about to sign their lineman.

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