Chekwa signed with the Patriots after the Raiders declined to tender him an offer in March. The former fourth-round pick was brought in to give some depth to the team’s stable of cornerbacks following the departure of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner via free agency. Now, with Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard also jettisoned, there aren’t many true cornerbacks left on the roster. As it stands, Malcolm Butler, Bradley Fletcher, Robert McClain, and Logan Ryan are the only actual cornerbacks in the fold.
As Florio notes, the Pats do have eleven other players listed as defensive backs, but none are cornerbacks. Out of that bunch, five of those players are rookies.