SCOUTING REPORT: Marcus Forston

Last minute roster move by the Patriots could provide them with a better pass rush against Drew Brees and the Saints. It could also make them vulnerable against the run.

The Patriots sign defensive tackle Marcus Forston from their practice squad Saturday after cutting three year veteran Andre Neblett.

Forston, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2012 out of Miami.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Forston was a beast at Miami and spent last season bouncing from the 53-man roster and the practice squad in New England. Forston is not expected to be much of a run stopper, but may have been added to the 53-man roster to give New England an additional pass rusher up the middle. During the preseason, Forston has shown that interior pressure on the quarterback has been his strength.

Last season, after spending most of his time on the practice squad, Forston eventually re-joined the 53-man roster prior to the AFC Championship Game but was inactive for the game. Forston made his NFL debut as a defensive reserve at Baltimore on Sept. 23, 2012. He went to training camp with the Patriots this past summer but was released on Aug. 31 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1.

Neblett, 25, was a three-year veteran from Carolina. He was signed to do one thing, stop the run. He could be over powered by offensive linemen if he doesn't stay low. At his height, he is still built like brickhouse and will have the ability clog up the running lanes, but his inability to rush the passer may have made him expendable.

There is still a chance the Patriots sign Neblett to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

###

Bryan Souza is a new contributor to Patriots Insider. He has extensive scouting knowledge of several college and pro teams throughout the country.

SeahawkFootball.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets