Patriots Release DL Xavier Williams From PS, Sign LB Michael Pinckney


The New England Patriots announced Friday that they have signed LB Michael Pinckney to their practice squad and released DL Xavier Williams from the unit. 

Damond Talbot of NFL Draft Diamonds first reported the signing Pinckney. 

Here’s the Patriots updated practice squad:

  1. TE Rashod Berry
  2. DE Tashawn Bower
  3. TE Jake Burt
  4. LB Terez Hall
  5. DT Bill Murray
  6. K Justin Rohrwasser
  7. DB D’Angelo Ross
  8. WR Devin Ross
  9. DE Nick Thurman
  10. WR Isaiah Zuber
  11. WR Kristian Wilkerson
  12. G Caleb Benenoch
  13. QB Jacob Dolegala
  14. DB Michael Jackson
  15. G Jordan Roos
  16. LB Michael Pinckney

Williams, 28, wound up signing on with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Iowa back in 2015. He played out his three-year, $1,583,000 contract with the Cardinals.

The Chiefs signed Williams to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent in 2018 after Arizona tendered him with the original round designation. He was awarded to Kansas City after the Cardinals declined to match.

The Patriots signed Williams in August and later added him to their practice squad. 

In 2019, Williams appeared in five games for the Chiefs and recorded eight total tackles and one forced fumble.

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