Patriots sign practice linebacker in 53-man squad

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 06: Mitchell Trubisky # 10 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Jahlani Tavai # 51 of the Detroit Lions during the second half at Soldier Field on December 06, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris / Getty Images)

The Patriots signed a linebacker Jahlani Tavai to their list of 53 men, as first reported by ESPN Yates Field. Tavai spent the start of the season on the Patriots practice squad, after being sidelined by the Detroit Lions as part of final squad cuts. This is the second time in as many weeks that the Patriots have signed a former Detroit Lions linebacker, after bringing back Jamie Collins last week.

Tavai had already been bred by the Patriots for the maximum of two games this season, playing against the Saints and Buccaneers. He played nine total snaps on defense and 17 on special teams.

Detroit drafted Tavai in the second round in 2019, when current Patriots senior football adviser Matt Patricia was the Lions head coach. He’s played 31 games in two years, starting 16. During that time, the Hawaii product recorded 116 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception.

Tavai’s signing on the active roster opened a spot on the Patriots’ practice squad, which was quickly filled with the signing of safety Sean Davis. With those moves, the Patriots now have 51 players in their 53-man roster and a full 16-man practice squad.

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