The process for having players in for workouts this year is a lot different than usual due to COVID-19 with testing, isolating, etc. before players can even workout for teams.
New England, who has dealt with its own COVID-19 issues the last few weeks, hasn't brought a lot of players in, but that changed Friday.
According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots had five players in for COVID-19 testing/workouts. Those players are: fullback Roosevelt Nix, offensive lineman Cordel Iwuagwu, linebacker David Reese, offensive tackle Jordan Steckler and wide receiver Damion Willis.
Nix is the biggest name of the group, as he has played in 60 career games with the Steelers. He had signed with the Colts in April, but was released at the end of the preseason. The 28-year-old can also contribute on special teams.
The Patriots will host the 49ers on Sunday.