February 26, 2024

Patriots

Stevenson struggled to get right into a rhythm all through the 2023 season.

Rhamondre Stevenson was restricted to simply 12 video games this season. (AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer)

Rhamondre Stevenson’s 2023 season has come to an finish.

The Patriots introduced on Wednesday night that they positioned the third-year working again on injured reserve, placing an finish to his season after simply 12 video games performed.

Stevenson final performed for New England on Dec. 3 through the Patriots’ 6-0 loss to the Chargers, with the 25-year-old again exiting the sport within the first quarter after struggling a excessive ankle sprain following a hip-drop sort out from linebacker Tuli Tuipulotu.

Shortly after Stevenson’s damage, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the running back was expected to miss “a few weeks”. On Wednesday, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reported that Stevenson has been making “good progress” in his return from damage, however added that New England wasn’t going to push Stevenson to return — given the Patriots’ present spot on the backside of the AFC standings.

Wednesday’s information places an finish to a disappointing season for Stevenson in 2023. Expectations have been excessive for Stevenson this yr, particularly after the previous fourth-round decide gained 1,040 speeding yards and reeled in 69 catches for 421 receiving yards in 2022.

However be it accidents or New England’s intensive offensive struggles, Stevenson struggled to get right into a rhythm all through the 2023 season. In 12 video games this yr, Stevenson gained 618 speeding yards and 4 touchdowns, however averaged simply 4.0 yards per carry. He additionally caught 38 balls for 238 receiving yards.

With Stevenson now on the shelf for the remainder of the yr, New England may use his roster spot to bolster its banged-up secondary. 

The Patriots claimed Marco Wilson off the Arizona Cardinals, Adam Schefter reported Wednesday. Wilson was waived by Arizona on Tuesday.

Wilson, 25, has recorded 158 tackles and three interceptions in 43 profession NFL video games. 

A 2021 fourth-round select of Florida, Wilson has had a roller-coaster season for the Cardinals. He began in Arizona’s first 11 video games this season, however didn’t log a single defensive snap within the Cardinals’ final 4 video games earlier than hitting the waiver wire.

New England’s secondary has taken a number of hits this season. Together with shedding Christian Gonzalez to a season-ending damage in early October, the Patriots reduce beginning nook Jack Jones and positioned J.C. Jackson on the non-football sickness reserve checklist.

With each Jalen Mills and Jabrill Peppers battling accidents, including a nook like Wilson provides New England some much-needed depth in its defensive backfield.

New England additionally introduced on Wednesday that it signed tight finish La’Michael Pettway to the group’s apply squad.