NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas
The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with offensive guard Tyronne Green, as his agency –Schwartz & Feinsod – reported via Twitter on Monday. He visited Foxboro on Friday.
While the move may be written off by some as a way to fill the 90-man camp roster, it’s not quite that simple. Green’s resume alone suggests he is more than just another “camp body.”
Coming out of Auburn in 2009, Green was seen as an athletic specimen with unpolished fundamentals. At the time, NFL.com’s scouting report noted that he has “good quickness of the snap” yet he “struggles to sustain blocks.” Taking the good with the bad, the San Diego Chargers saw enough out of Green to make him a fourth-round draft pick.
Since then, the 6’2”, 316-pounder has recorded 28 starts in 41 career NFL games.
After logging time in just three games as a rookie, the Pensacola Fla., native played in 12 contests in 2010, starting seven of them. In 2011, he upped his workload to 13 contests and eight starts.
Green’s most eventful professional season came in 2012. He assumed sole possession of the Chargers’ left guard job for all 13 games he played in. By season’s end, he registered a total of 756 snaps. That said, he also garnered just a -0.3 rating from Pro Football Focus, which graded him out as the No. 41 guard.
At first glance, Green projects as a backup with upside. Expectations must be tempered, but don’t rule him out as a candidate to assume Donald Thomas’s old role as the No. 3 swing guard.
Green provides the Patriots with a veteran who can battle it out with 25-year-old utility man Nick McDonald, 2011 fifth-round pick Marcus Cannon and last year’s undrafted pick-up Markus Zusevics. But unlike Green, those three have the flexibility to spell in at offensive tackle.
All in all, the signing comes at a good time for the Patriots. Starting right guard Dan Connolly is coming back from offseason shoulder surgery and the squad’s other reserve interior linemen – Penn State’s Matt Stankiewitch, Kent State’s Josh Kline, Michigan State’s Chris McDonald – are all undrafted rookies.
By no means should Green be considered a 53-man roster lock. He should, however, be considered a viable backup with starter work under his belt.
That’s not a bad consolation prize at this point in the free agency period.
The Patriots now have 89 players on the 90-man roster; 14 of whom are offensive linemen.