One day after romping over the Cleveland Browns 33-13 in Tom Brady’s season debut, the New England Patriots worked out three skill position players on Monday afternoon, according to NESN reporter Doug Kyed.
Wide receiver Donteea Dye, running back Austin Johnson and tight end Gannon Sinclair all auditioned for head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots opened a spot on their practice squad after signing defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton to the 53-man roster on Saturday.
Dye, a 23-year-old Heidelberg University product, spent the 2015 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appeared in 10 games, catching 11 of 30 targets for 132 yards and a touchdown. In late August, Tampa Bay placed the 6-foot wideout on the waived/injured list after he sustained a hamstring injury while returning a kickoff against the Cleveland Browns. Dye impressed scouts at the 2015 NFL Draft Combine when he ran a 4.39 40-yard dash. He ran indoor track in addition to playing football in college.
The New Orleans Saints waived Johnson on Sept. 13. Johnson, a fullback out of Tennessee, had been with the Saints’ practice squad after playing the 2014 and 2015 seasons in New Orleans. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound three-year veteran played in 17 games during his two years with the Saints, rushing 12 times for 31 yards and a touchdown while adding 45 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 catches.
After going undrafted in 2015, Sinclair signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Failing to make Arizona’s roster, he proceeded to spend the 2015 season on the Chicago Bears’ practice squad. The Bears waived the 6-7 Sinclair on Aug. 28.