5 Young Free Agents the Patriots Should Sign for Early 2024 Tryouts

The New England Patriots should take a couple of dart throws on some taletned young players

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2. Greedy Williams, CB

There was once a time when folks were talking like Greedy Williams could be the best cornerback in his rookie class (2019). An injury pushed him out of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft and he was considered a major steal by the Cleveland Browns as a second-round pick that year.

Greedy got the chance to play for Cleveland and ended up picking off a pair of passes in the 2020 season, but he really couldn't entrench himself as a starter on the outside or in the slot, and found himself off the team after the 2022 season. Williams got the chance to make the Philadelphia Eagles in camp but he was cut in August and has yet to resurface anywhere.

I think the cornerback position is a wise position to take a risk like this on a talented player who was a second-round pick just a few years ago.

3. Larry Rountree III, RB

Larry Rountree III is a former sixth-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers who had an outstanding career in college at Missouri, and people thought he could end up being a nice value for the Chargers as a late-round pick a couple of years ago.

Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to crack anyone's rotation at the NFL level just yet, but he's a back with good size who can be on the field for all three downs. You never know when players like this are going to come out and start ripping off chunk gains and the running back position is always a good one to take as many shots on as you can.

Rountree isn't a marvel in terms of his athleticism, but he's got skills out of the backfield that have been valuable to the Patriots under Bill Belichick.