The Patriots recently worked out wide receiver Legedu Naanee, cornerback Zack Bowman, and three other players, according to a league source.
Naane, recently released by the Dolphins after struggles on offense, is regarded as a capable special teams player with very good versatility. Drafted in 2007 by the Chargers out of Boise State, he has played in 69 career games, with 108 catches, 1,232 yards, and four touchdowns. He signed with the Dolphins this offseason after spending 2011 with the Carolina Panthers.
Bowman played in every game for the Bears in 2011, finishing with 15 tackles and one fumble recovery. He's started 16 games in his four-year NFL career, all of which came with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2008 out of Nebraska. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings in March of 2012, but was released prior to the start of the regular season. His best season as a pro came in 2009, when he finished with 66 tackles and six interceptions.
In addition to Naanee and Bowman, the Patriots also worked out running back Lennon Creer, a 2012 undrafted free agent who spent time with the Redskins this past offseason, running back DuJuan Harris, a running back out of Troy who was waived by the Steelers on August 31, and offensive lineman Nyere Aumitare (Iowa).