Why Patriots reportedly reduce DT Marquan McCall only a day after claiming him off waivers


McCall was anticipated to function worthwhile depth behind Davon Godchaux on New England’s depth chart.

Marquan McCall #55 of the Carolina Panthers attends Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College on July 27, 2023 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
A reported knee subject is the explanation behind Marquan McCall’s quick tenure in New England. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Photos

The Patriots added some heft to their defensive position on Tuesday once they claimed 379-pound nostril sort out Marquan McCall off waivers from the Carolina Panthers.

However only a day after including him to the roster, New England introduced that it launched McCall, placing him again on waivers.

Why the abrupt turnaround?

According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, the Patriots reduce McCall attributable to a failed bodily. Schultz added that the Patriots flagged a difficulty with McCall’s knee that got here as a shock, because the 24-year-old defensive lineman has not missed any time this preseason with Carolina. 

McCall performed in 16 video games final season as an undrafted rookie with Carolina, recording 15 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one quarterback hit. He would have seemingly served as worthwhile depth on the coronary heart of New England’s D line behind Davon Godchaux.

McCall was considered as a possible starter on Carolina’s protection getting into coaching camp, however was launched by the Panthers attributable to what new head coach Frank Reich described as a “match” subject within the group’s revamped protection.

“These are robust selections — we admire his contribution,” Reich stated, per Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer. “Truthfully, we’re doing it now as a result of we predict he’s going to be on a roster someplace. It simply comes down to 2 issues: It comes all the way down to a match for us and what we’re making an attempt to do, after which we’ve had a few guys at that place who’ve actually regarded good. So, want Marquan one of the best and admire his contribution.”

The Patriots wanted to waive injured huge receiver Tre Nixon on Tuesday with a purpose to make room for McCall. New England now has a vacant spot on its roster.