Patriots' 2020 draft pick unretires, gets reinstated to active roster
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Dustin Woodard was a New England Patriots seventh round of voting in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he didn't play for the team last season because he retired in August.
He has now changed his mind.
ESPN's Field Yates reported Wednesday that Woodard is not retired:
At this point it is known why Woodard decided to come back.
Woodard played primarily at the University of Memphis but has experience in other positions along the offensive line.
Its inclusion on the list gives the Patriots a more offensive line depth, which is always good given the nature of those positions. The Patriots are already well positioned in the middle, having re-signed David Andrews and bringing veteran Ted Karras back to the free agency.
Woodard was one of three offensive linemen drafted by the Patriots last year. Michael Onwenu and Justin Herron were both drafted in the sixth round. Onwenu had a fantastic 2020 campaign and was ranked as one of the best offensive rookies in any position. He played in all 16 games while Herron played in 12.
The Patriots could deepen their offensive line later this month in the 2021 NFL draft. The team's first pick is number 15 in Round 1.
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