June 15, 2024


McCall was anticipated to function worthwhile depth behind Davon Godchaux on New England’s depth chart.

Marquan McCall #55 of the Carolina Panthers attends Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College on July 27, 2023 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
A reported knee problem is the rationale behind Marquan McCall’s quick tenure in New England. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Photographs

The Patriots added some heft to their line of defense on Tuesday once they claimed 379-pound nostril sort out Marquan McCall off waivers from the Carolina Panthers.

However only a day after including him to the roster, New England introduced that it launched McCall, placing him again on waivers.

Why the abrupt turnaround?

According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, the Patriots reduce McCall on account of a failed bodily. Schultz added that the Patriots flagged a problem with McCall’s knee that got here as a shock, because the 24-year-old defensive lineman has not missed any time this preseason with Carolina. 

McCall performed in 16 video games final season as an undrafted rookie with Carolina, recording 15 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one quarterback hit. He would have possible served as worthwhile depth on the coronary heart of New England’s D line behind Davon Godchaux.

McCall was considered as a possible starter on Carolina’s protection getting into coaching camp, however was launched by the Panthers on account of what new head coach Frank Reich described as a “match” problem within the workforce’s revamped protection.

“These are powerful choices — we recognize his contribution,” Reich stated, per Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer. “Actually, we’re doing it now as a result of we predict he’s going to be on a roster someplace. It simply comes down to 2 issues: It comes right down to a match for us and what we’re making an attempt to do, after which we’ve had a few guys at that place who’ve actually regarded good. So, want Marquan the perfect and recognize his contribution.”

The Patriots wanted to waive injured large receiver Tre Nixon on Tuesday with the intention to make room for McCall. New England now has a vacant spot on its roster.