- Doug Kyed reports that the Patriots also worked out RB Darrin Reaves, TE Brandon Bostick, TE Konrad Reuland, TE Brian Leonhardt, and QB Zac Dysert.
This is the first reported opportunity for Ball since the Broncos waived him a few weeks back. However, there has been plenty of speculation that Ball could surface with a team like the Browns, Colts or Falcons, but none of them set up a visit.
Ball, 24, was entering the third year of his four-year, $3.53 million rookie contract that included a $964,896 signing bonus when he was cut loose.
It’s been surprising to see how much Ball has struggled since entering the NFL. He’s dealt with a number of injuries and wound up falling down the Broncos’ depth chart to the point where it was clear that they preferred their other options.
In 2014, Ball was limited to appearing in just five games and rushing for 172 yards on 55 carries (3.1 YPC) to go along with nine receptions for 62 yards receiving and one total touchdown for the Broncos.
Dysert, 25, is a former seventh round pick of the Broncos back in 2013. He was placed on waivers by the Broncos at the start of the 2014 season, but they later added him to their practice squad.
The Bears claimed Dysert off of waivers a few weeks ago, but he was among their final roster cuts at the start of the season. Houston later signed him to their taxi squad before cutting him last week.
Dysert has yet to appear in a regular season NFL game.