FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots announced the promotion of practice-squad defensive tackle Sealver Siliga today, a move that gives the defense some more bulk inside after some struggles defending the run in their nickel package Sunday night against the Denver Broncos.
Siliga, a second-year player out of Utah, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 325 pounds. He has a Kyle Love-type build.
Since losing starters Vince Wilfork (Sept. 29) and Tommy Kelly (Oct. 6) to season-ending injuries, and before that, unexpectedly having first-year player Armond Armstead land on the reserve/non-football illness list that ultimately knocked him out for the season, the Patriots have worked hard to add size and create depth at the position.
Siliga first joined the practice squad on Oct. 23. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has spent time with the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos, appearing in one career game.
The Patriots now have rookies Joe Vellano (6-2, 300) and Chris Jones (6-1, 309) as their top defensive tackles, with veteran nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (6-2, 330) also on the depth chart. Sopoaga played just 14 snaps Sunday night and might be managing an injury, which could have sparked the promotion of Siliga.
The Patriots also formally announced the previously reported signing of tight end D.J. Williams and practice squad offensive tackle/guard Patrick Ford.