In 2014, Ian Silberman transferred from sunny Florida to prestigious Boston College to complete his studies and play out his final year of football eligibility. Two years later, Silberman’s journey brought him back to New England, as Mike Reiss for ESPN.com reports the offensive lineman was added to the Patriots’ practice squad on Tuesday.
Silberman was a sixth-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2015, appearing in one game in his rookie season. The 6-foot-5, 306-pound lineman was released out of training camp and had been out of the league waiting for a phone call ever since.
Silberman’s lone season at Boston College was a pretty good one, earning third-team All-ACC honors voted by the league’s head coaches, as the Eagles boasted the 14th-best rushing attack in the nation that year. Silberman was recognized by the university off the field as well, earning the Athletics Director’s Award for Academic Achievement.
The 24-year-old played right tackle at Boston College, but may be best suited at guard in the NFL.
In terms of landing spots, Silberman faces an uphill battle to make the Patriots’ 53-man roster. There are already two other offensive lineman on the practice squad in Chris Barker and Chase Farris. That being said, if there’s any coaching staff than can unlock Silberman’s potential, this is it.