Patriots add rookie TE Evan Landi, waive DL Jason Vega
The Patriots’ offseason roster currently stands at its maximum limit of 90-players.
The 23-year-old Landi was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie free agent out of South Florida following April’s draft, and participated in the team’s OTAs as well as minicamp this season until his release on June 4. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Landi, who appeared in 46 games collegiate games with 26 starts, finished his career with 72 receptions for 846 yards and three touchdowns at South Florida.
Landi also has experience at receiver and quarterback after playing sparingly at the positions during his collegiate career. But the Patriots view Landi more as a tight end expect him to add depth at the position with Rob Gronkowski remaining on the PUP list and fellow rookie Brandon Ford landing on the injured reserve after clearing waivers Tuesday.
The 26-year-old Vega was originally signed by the Patriots on Feb. 19, after spending the previous two seasons playing for the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, registering 66 tackles and 12 sacks.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Vega spent the entire offseason and first few of training camp trying to earn a roster spot, and was expected to be an interesting addition by the Patriots due to versatility on the defensive line.
The Brockton native Vega, who also played collegiately at Northeastern, suffered a knee injury on his first snap against the Philadelphia Eagles, but decided to play through it for the rest of the Patriots preseason opener on Friday. Vega did not realize how serious the injury was until his knee swell up on Saturday. He sat out of the Patriots’ following practices, awaiting result on his MRI.
Vega finished his preseason campaign with the Patriots by registering tackles in the preseason opener.