Five rookies are said to have failed physicals
Patriots rookies reported to Gillette Stadium at 8 a.m. Thursday to get training camp under way, and five players reportedly failed their physicals.
Howard Balzer of SiriusXM NFL radio, among other outlets, reported via Twitter that seventh-round draft pick Jeremy Ebert, a wide receiver, plus undrafted players Justin Francis, a defensive lineman, receiver Matt Roark, and offensive linemen Jeremiah Warren and Markus Zusevics failed their physicals.
It could be that the players didn’t pass the team conditioning test, which is pretty tough: 20 timed sprints of 60 yards (skill players), 50 yards (tight ends, fullbacks, and linebackers), or 40 yards (linemen).
Balzer reported that Ebert, who was limited in spring camps, was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list; the others were placed on the non-football injury list.
Being placed on the active list means players can be removed at any time.
Veterans report Wednesday for their physicals and conditioning tests, with the first full-team training camp practice Thursday.
New England hosted veteran free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe Thursday. The 32-year old, who spent the last five years with the Vikings after starting his career with the Giants, had 36 catches for 409 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Shiancoe visited with the Seahawks in March, and reportedly turned down a one-year offer.
The Patriots have five tight ends on the roster — Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, free agent pickup Daniel Fells, undrafted rookie Tyler Urban, and injured waiver pickup Jake Ballard, who is rehabbing from a torn ACL.