DL Cohen excited to join Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When free-agent defensive lineman Landon Cohen arrived in town for a workout with the Patriots on Tuesday, he brought only the necessities.

"I didn't know what to expect, I didn't bring any clothes or anything," he said Wednesday morning.

Cohen now has an "emergency" shipment en route to New England, thanks to his mother, after the team kept him in town by signing him to a two-year deal. He also called former Ohio teammates Taylor Price and Thad Turner -- both of whom are on the Patriots roster/practice squad -- for help picking up toothpaste and other items Tuesday night.

Cohen wasn't expecting the extended stay, but he's naturally thrilled with it.

"I'm very excited about this opportunity. There is a lot of tradition here and hopefully I can be a part of that tradition," he said.

Cohen played in 4-3 defenses with the Lions and Jaguars, and said the only time he's been in a 3-4 system was his freshman year in college at Ohio. Where he fits in the Patriots' scheme -- end, nose or pure sub rusher -- remains to be seen.

"This scheme is very new to me, but obviously they think I can handle it. I'll be ready," he said.

As for the origins of his last name, Cohen said he gets asked about it a lot.

"It's a Jewish last name and I don't know how I got it. I know my dad's last name is Cohen and it's been that way since I can remember," he said, noting that he is Christian.