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New England Patriots work out Ronnie Brown, three others


The New England Patriots had a busy day on Wednesday. The team worked out four veteran players. Two running backs and two tight ends were reportedly given a try out.

Ronnie Brown, the most notable of the four, was present. Brown spent this past season playing for San Diego where he saw a limited workload. The 32-year-old rushed for 152 yards and one touchdown on 45 carries in 16 games.

Brown is most known for his prolific rushing day against the Patriots from his Miami days. Brown rushed for four touchdowns out of the wildcat and threw for another back in 2008.

Brian Leonard, Ben Hartsock and Nate Byham were also in Foxboro.

Leonard scampered for 182 yards on 47 carries last year with Tampa Bay. Byham, who also played in Tampa, saw action in just four games due to injury and caught three balls.

Hartsock, who is primarily a run blocking tight end, spent last season with Carolina. The 33-year-old did not catch a pass.

If the Patriots agree to terms with any of these players, it’ll be for depth purposes only. Though the team is thin at the tight end position. Whether it be Hartsock or Byham, the team will likely sign a tight end at some point.

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