Patriots try out Jake Ballard, four others

The New England Patriots worked out tight end Jake Ballard prior to him signing Monday with the Arizona Cardinals, according to a league source.

The Patriots also worked out defensive end Justin Francis, who was with them in training camp before being waived-injured and cut from injured reserve

The Patriots worked out former Houston Texans running back Cierre Wood, who was cut after violating team rules after allegedly using marijuana. Wood has also worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

New England worked out linebacker Marcus Dowtin, who has previous stints with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.

They also worked out former Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos wide receiver Greg Orton.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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