Sources: Patriots signing ex-Texans corner Cre'Von LeBlanc


The New England Patriots are signing veteran cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc to their practice squad as the Texans terminated his practice squad contract to allow him to join the AFC East franchise, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Le'Blanc is free to join any franchise this offseason, including the Texans, once the postseason is completed.

LeBlanc, 27, is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound former New England Patriots undrafted free agent from Florida Atlantic who has also played for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. LeBlanc has 118 career tackles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two sacks with one defensive touchdown.

The Texans made it official, signing the following players to reserve-future deals: running back Darius Anderson, wide receiver Jalen Camp, wide receiver Damon Hazelton, offensive linemen Jake Eldrenkamp, Samuel Cooper, Jordan Steckler, fullback Paul Quessenberry, linebackers Connor Strachan and Josh Watson, defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour, defensive back T.J. Green, defensive end Demone Harris.

All of those players were on the Texans' practice squad.

Anderson is a former CU and George Ranch standout.

Anderson went undrafted out of TCU after playing in the Senior Bowl all-star game.

Cut by the Dallas Cowboys, Anderson was on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad and was elevated to the active roster twice. He signed a reserve-future deal with the Colts, but was cutAug. 17.

At TCU, he rushed for 823 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, 598 yards as a junior and 768 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.

He played high school football at George Ranch, winning a Class 5A state championship as a senior and rushed for 2,274 yards and 30 touchdowns.

He chose TCU over scholarship offers from Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M.

Watson has also played for the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers.

A formerNew York Jetsundrafted free agent from Rutgers, Dwumfour played well since joining the Texans, recording a half-sack and a tackle for a loss.

Camp is a former Jacksonville Jaguars sixth-round wide receiver Jalen Camp to a reserve-future deal, per a league source.

Camp played collegiately at Georgia Tech and is a bigger wide receiver at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds.

Green (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) is a former Indianapolis Colts second-round draft pick from Clemson where he switched from wide receiver to the secondary. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.

Green has also played for the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons.

He has played in 40 games with a dozen starts and has 102 career tackles, five for losses, including 12 tackles this year in six games and one start for Atlanta.

Hazelton was originally signed by the Texans in May and then released by them in August when the team signed running back Darius Jackson. Hazelton subsequently signed with the Green Bay Packers in August and then joined the Texans' practice squad.

Hazelton (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) played at Missouri, catching 30 passes for 397 yards and one touchdown.

A graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, Hazelton was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection for the Hokies with eight touchdowns in 2019 on 31 receptions for 527 yards.

He had 51 receptions for 802 yards and eight touchdowns.

Strachan went undrafted out of Boston College. Harris has previously played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going undrafted out of Buffalo.

The brother of former Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, a cancer survivor, Paul Quessenberry served five years in the Marine Corps where he served as a rifle platoon and weapons platoon commander and was a deputy director of the 1st Marine Division school

Quessenberry provided a physical presence as a lead blocker at the fullback position during the preseason.

“He's done a good job being physical," Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said. "He's done everything we've asked. He's smart, he works his butt off, and we're pleased with Paul. He's done a really good job for us.”

An undrafted free agent from Merrimack College who was previously with the Baltimore Ravens, Cooper has worked out previously for the Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Eldrenkamp went undrafted out of Washington.

He has also played for the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

Steckler is a former undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois.

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