The term "spying" is a dirty word around the New England Patriots, but it is the description, which is certain to be used in the tabloid headlines in New York when the signing of the Patriots latest roster addition is announced. Scout.com's Adam Caplan confirmed that the Patriots have agreed to terms with former New York Jets offensive lineman Jacob Bender. Caplan reports that the Patriots will add Bender to their roster tomorrow (Monday), likely to the team's practice squad.
Bender was originally selected by the Jets in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound blocker was active for just two games for the Jets in 2007, playing mostly on special teams.
Jacob Bender #72 of the New York Jets against the Minnesota Vikings Aug 17, 2007 (Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Maryland native participated in 42 games (31 starts) during his four seasons at Nicholls State. His exemplary performance earned him All-America and all-conference honors.
The Patriots are in need of an additional offensive tackle after losing Ryan O'Callaghan for the season and watching both Nick Kaczur and Wesley Britt struggle against speed rushers this preseason. Free agent acquisition Oliver Ross has yet to participate in a game for the Patriots since joining the team. He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Saturday. New England had Jimmy Martin on the roster, but opted to let him go earlier in the week.
If Bender can become the lineman his college scouting report indicates he can be, then the Patriots may have the Jets to thank for giving Bender a season to develop in the NFL.