The New England Patriots don’t have much to worry about these days, but coach Bill Belichick is always looking for ways to improve. On Monday, the Patriots brought in three players — wide receiver Bralon Addison, long snapper John DePalma and punter Brandon Fields — for workouts
Addison earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors at Oregon as a senior last year. In his college career, he had 146 catches, 1,937 yards and 20 touchdowns. Addison also had three career punt returns as a member of the Ducks. After going undrafted last spring, the Broncos signed the receiver but waived him on Aug. 30.
DePalma also went undrafted and was picked up by the Eagles last spring. He was the Mountaineers long snapper for four seasons, recording 548 total snaps in 50 career games.
Fields has much more NFL experience than either Addison or DePalma, having been drafted out of Michigan State in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. The Miami Dolphins picked him 225th overall. He played in Miami for eight years and then kicked for the New Orleans Saints last season.
Over his 10-year career, Fields has made 604 punts and averaged 46.7 yards per attempt. His longest punt traveled 74 yards, and he has pinned the opposition inside their own 20-yard line 209 times. Fields led the league with 50.2 yards per punt in 2012, but he made his one and only Pro Bowl team in 2013 when he averaged 48.8 yards per punt.
The Patriots currently have the best record in football at 7-1. The only other teams with one loss are the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, but both are in the NFC.