FORMER NAVY DEFENSIVE END SIGNS WITH THE PATRIOTS AS A TIGHT END
The New England Patriots announced a simple transaction on Saturday afternoon. They signed two players while releasing two others. Teams do that all the time during training camp. This transaction had one name that is very interesting. That name is Paul Quessenberry. In 2015 Quessenberry graduated from the Naval Academy. Like most Navy graduates he had a 5 year service assignment ahead of him. He spent those years in the Marines as an infantry officer.
This past Thursday his name appeared on the workout list tweeted out by Albert Breer of the MMQB. Most people thought Coach Belichick was throwing a bone to former Navy football player looking to live out their NFL dream. Then on Friday he was at Patriots practice again and today the team announced they signed him. The other interesting part of the story is the position switch. As mentioned Quessenberry played defensive end at Navy, he is now trying to make the Patriots at tight end.
If he makes the team he will be the second former Navy player playing in New England. Joe Cardona is the Patriots long snapper. He also is a 2015 graduate. Of course Bill Belichick was born in Annapolis and his Dad worked at Navy for 30 plus years. Steve Belichick is buried at the Naval Academy cemetery. It is still a long shot for Quessenberry to make the team but he has already gotten further than most people thought he would.