Quarles, an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, tweeted about his new beginning.
Wanna thank the New York Giants for opportunity. Now it's time to get to work the Patriots. #Patriots
— kelcy quarles (@KelcyQuarles) August 31, 2014
The 6-foot-3 3/4, 297-pound Quarles entered the 2014 draft after his junior season. He played in 35 games over his three seasons with the Gamecocks, totaling 9.5 sacks last season, and at one point was viewed as a potential second-round draft pick by analysts before slipping completely out of the draft.
In Thursday's preseason finale between the Patriots and Giants, Quarles played 30 defensive snaps and was credited with two tackles, so the Patriots got a bit of an extended look at him in the game. The Giants had plans to bring Quarles back to their practice squad had the Patriots not claimed him on waivers.
ESPN Insider's draft scouting report on Quarles noted that he has "natural core strength and anchor, and [is] tough to move off the ball when playing with leverage. Flashes the ability to hold ground against double teams. Heavy hands and long arms and uses length to lock out blockers."
The Patriots have veteran Vince Wilfork as their stalwart big defensive tackle, then a group of younger players with upside including first-round pick Dominique Easley, second-year players Chris Jones and Joe Vellano, third-year veteran Sealver Siliga, and perhaps rookie Zach Moore.
Now Quarles is added to the pipeline.