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.
Knighton signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Redskins last offseason, finishing the 2015 campaign with 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 games played. Despite those contributions, Knighton will not be retained by the Redskins, allowing the affectionately-nicknamed "Pot Roast" to focus on engaging interested parties ahead of signing elsewhere this offseason.
Terrance Knighton (head) is active Sunday at Carolina.
Knighton was able to log a limited practice Friday, and that was enough to warrant an active status Sunday, despite seeing a migraine specialist earlier in the week. His presence will certainly be welcome against a run-heavy Carolina offensive unit.
Terrance Knighton (head) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, CSN's Tarik El-Bashir reports.
Knighton missed Thursday's practice to meet with a migraine specialist. If he does miss another game, it will be a downgrade for Washington's shaky run defense, heading into a game against the NFL's most run-heavy team.
|P3||8/26/16||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ ARI||8:30 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/20/16||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ NYJ||8:30 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|2016||New England Patriots||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||New England Patriots||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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