Could Stork face the Patriots this year as a member of the hated Jets?
Rex Ryan may be long gone from the Jets organization, but their apparent fascination with Patriots cast-offs is alive and well. The latest example is offensive lineman Bryan Stork, who visited New York today for a workout.
A former fourth round pick of the Patriots, Stork emerged as the starting center for the Super Bowl winning 2014 team as a rookie. Despite his early career success, he quickly fell out of favor in New England, as a troubling injury history combined with his inability to control his on-field temper to make him a less reliable option than current starter David Andrews. Stork was nearly traded to the Washington Redskins this summer, but a failed physical negated the trade. He was promptly cut by the Patriots once his rights reverted back to them.
Today's workout with the Jets is Stork's first reported visit since being released by New England. While New York is set at center with Pro Bowler Nick Mangold, Stork's ability to play guard could be of interest to them, particularly with starting guard James Carpenter dealing with a calf injury. If signed, his propensity for throwing punches after the whistle should fit right in with the Jets.