A Westbrook native and former University of Maine football standout is trying to catch on with the New England Patriots after recently being waived by the Indianapolis Colts.

According to an ESPN.com report, Trevor Bates, who was drafted in the seventh round by Indianapolis last spring, was brought in by coach Bill Belichick and his staff for a workout on Tuesday in Foxborough.

The 6-foot-2, 247-pound Bates was cut by the Colts at the end of training camp before being signed to the practice squad.

Bates would later earn a promotion to Indianapolis’ active roster on Oct. 4, and he registered a special-teams tackle in a Week 5 win over the Chicago Bears.

According to a report on the Colts’ website, Bates was waived by the team on Oct. 13.

According to ESPN, Bates is one of five free-agent linebackers the Patriots worked out on Tuesday. The team this week acquired linebacker Kyle Van Noy from the Detroit Lions.

In 46 games with the Black Bears from 2012 to 2015, Bates recorded 207 tackles, 19 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered two, and picked off three passes. He returned one fumble and one interception for a touchdown, respectively.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Bates remained a free agent.

Ryan McLaughlin

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