The New England Patriots have re-signed DT Mike Purcell to the practice squad on Tuesday.
The Patriots’ practice squad now consists of:
- OL James Ferentz
- DL Geno Grissom
- WR Cody Hollister
- DB David Jones
- DB Damarius Travis
- CB Ryan Lewis
- DB Jomal Wiltz
- TE Will Tye
- WR Jake Kumerow
- DT Mike Purcell
Purcell, 25, wound up signing on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming back in 2013. He was unable to make the 53-man roster during his rookie season but was later signed to their practice squad.
Purcell returned to San Francisco on a future/reserve contract and eventually worked his way onto the active roster towards the end of the 2014 season. The 49ers re-signed him to a one-year exclusive rights contract back in April but elected to waive him a month later.
The Rams claimed Purcell off waivers but he was among their final roster cuts coming out of the preseason and later signed to the Bears’ practice squad.
The Panthers signed him to their practice squad a few weeks ago but he was released soon after before catching on with the Patriots.
In 2016, Purcell appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and recorded 26 tackles, no sacks and a forced fumble.