FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots continue to work out a variety of free agents as part of the process of keeping their emergency lists fresh, and on Monday they had three big-bodied defensive tackles in town -- Kenrick Ellis, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and Toby Johnson.
Of the group, the 6-foot-4, 346-pound Ellis has the most experience. He was with the New York Jets from 2011-2014, playing in 47 regular-season games with five starts. He originally joined the Jets as a third-round draft pick out of Hampton. Ellis signed a one-year contract with the Giants in 2015, but was released on Sept. 6 when the team added former Texans defensive tackle Louis Nix III.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-1, 330-pound Kitchen was with the Cleveland Browns from 2012-2015, appearing in 40 games with three starts. In 2013 the Browns general manager was Michael Lombardi, who now serves as an assistant to the Patriots coaching staff. Kitchen originally entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens before being claimed on waivers by Cleveland. He was waived on Sept. 1.
As for Johnson, he signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in May. He was waived at the end of training camp and briefly hooked on with the Jaguars practice squad.