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Report: Patriots Sign Veteran 'Special Teams Stud'

A closeup of a New England Patriots football helmet. The team will be without David Andrews in Week 3.

ATLANTA - AUGUST 11: A detailed view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to the NFL preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Patriots have had some of the best special teams units in the league for years now. That's due in no small part to Bill Belichick's ability to add good talent to the unit when he sees it. So it should be no surprise that he's adding another special teams stud to his squad.

On Monday, the Patriots signed Jaguars safety Cody Davis, who Field Yates referred to as "a special teams stud." Davis' agent, Jordan Woy, reported the deal first. Yates noted that Davis will likely replace longtime Patriots special teamer Nate Ebner, who signed with the New York Giants.

A former star safety at Texas Tech, Davis has been utilized mostly on special teams by the Jaguars and the Rams before that. In seven NFL seasons, Davis has 83 tackles in 97 games. He has only seldom been used on defense though, making five starts with the Rams between 2016 and 2017.

He'll be 31 years old at the start of the 2020 season.

Davis will have an opportunity to play alongside one of the best special teamers in the game in Matthew Slater. An eight-time Pro Bowler, Slater is widely considered the top special teams tackler in the league.

Between Slater and Bill Belichick, Davis is in line for a terrific season.

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