In what was supposed to be his breakout season, for the Patriots, Cameron McGrone instead found himself on the New England practice squad for the entire year. Many expected him to make his NFL debut two weeks ago against the Cardinals, but that never happened. Now, he’s not even a New England Patriot.
According to NESN’s Zack Cox, Cameron McGrone has been claimed off the Patriots’ practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts, where he is required to stay on the 53-man roster for the next three games.
Cameron McGrone was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Patriots. His tackling ability and excellent game speed was what drew the team to him. However, a failure to show promise in his rookie and sophomore years ultimately caused the Michigan graduate not to see an NFL game once in his short career.
In his rookie season, McGrone was not talked about much by the media or the team since he was yet to establish himself within the squad, and his season-wide injury prevented him from suiting up. Once Kyle Van Noy was released by New England at the beginning of the 2022 off-season, some buzz built-up about a potential linebacker opening. McGrone’s name was mentioned during that buzz period, but any hype he brought quickly dimmed after he failed to make the 53-man roster and was beaten to the spot by Raekwon McMillan and Jahlani Tavai.
McGrone will be entering a Colts team that gave up the largest lead in NFL history just one week earlier to the Vikings. At 4-9-1, the Colts stand at third in the AFC South and have the sixth pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Their defense could certainly use a dynamic linebacker to help combat powerful offenses like the Vikings group that torched them last week.
Aside from a minor hit to their linebacker depth, the New England Patriots did not lose much by this transaction. If the Patriots were confident in McGrone’s future, they would not have put him on their practice squad in the first place. After the McGrone departure, the Patriots currently feature nine linebackers on their entire roster: Matthew Judon, Jahlani Tavai, Josh Uche, Mack Wilson, Anfernee Jennings, Raekwon McMillan, Ronnie Perkins (IR), Jamie Collins, and Calvin Munson.
He could be an interesting prospect, but currently, the Patriots defense is full of guys delivering in the here and now.
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