Knighton, who signed a one-year deal with Patriots back in March, had a tough time finding reps this preseason, as he failed to take the field against the Panthers on Friday. The veteran defensive tackle did play with the first-team at points during training camp, but he's since found himself on the outside looking in behind the likes of Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, and Markus Kuhn. Knighton could attract offers from other teams who are looking to shore up their defensive line before the season begins.
Although New England and his previous employer, Washington, were in the mix for his services, Knighton settled on the former, with whom he should settle into a starting role next to Malcom Brown. Contained to 35 percent of the defensive snaps last season, Knighton matched his career low with 29 tackles in 15 games. A similar usage can be expected in the upcoming campaign, but could increase if he avoids weight and endurance concerns, as Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Knighton dealt with in 2015.
Knighton's visit with New England comes after fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley opted to sign with the Saints instead of the Patriots. Still, Knighton represents a more than capable alternative. The veteran excels at clogging running lanes, and finished last season with 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 games played.
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