|07.27.11 at 8:04 pm ET|
The Patriots announced the signing of two draft picks and 12 rookie free agents on Wednesday night. In addition, the Patriots announced that wide receiver Tyree Barnes and running back Eric Kettani have been reinstated from the reserve military list, while the signings of fifth-round pick Lee Smith and linebacker Markell Carter were also confirmed by the club.
The following rookies were signed as free agents: OL Mike Berry (Auburn), LB/LS Ryan Coulson (Nevada), OL Kyle Hix (Texas), K Chris Koepplin (Massachusetts), DE Aaron Lavarias (Idaho), LB Anthony Leonard (West Virginia), DE Clay Nurse (Illinois), WR Jeremy Ross (California), DE Alex Silvestro (Rutgers), LB Jeff Tarpinian (Iowa), OL Corey Woods (Akron) and TE Will Yeatman (Maryland).
Here’s a portion of the press release from the team:
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|07.27.11 at 7:15 pm ET|
The Patriots reportedly reached an agreement on a contract Wednesday with tight end Lee Smith, a fifth-round pick out of Marshall. The 6-foot-6, 266-pounder was taken by New England with the 159th overall pick in the draft, and is the second pick to agree to a deal on Wednesday. (Sixth-round selection Markell Carter reached an agreement earlier in the day on a four-year deal.) According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com who quotes a league source, Smith received a $171,480 signing bonus.
Known primarily as a blocker his first three collegiate seasons ‘ he had a combined 37 catches his first three years with the Thundering Herd ‘ he nimbly stepped into the role of pass catcher his senior season and came away with 38 receptions for 358 yards and three touchdowns as a senior, all career-bests. (Here’s our feature on him shortly after he was drafted by the Patriots.)
Check out some video of Smith in action as a collegian:
|07.27.11 at 5:06 pm ET|
Running back Sammy Morris signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on Wednesday afternoon, according to his agent, Mark Slough. Terms were not disclosed. The 34-year-old Morris has spent the last four years in New England, and rushed for 56 yards in limited action last season.
He’ll be part of what will likely be a very crowded backfield this season, as BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are expected to return, while rookies Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen will be added to the mix as well. In addition, veteran Kevin Faulk remains a free agent who could also be back.
|07.27.11 at 4:50 pm ET|
Vinatieri, 38, played the first 10 years of his career in New England, winning three Super Bowls before signing with the Colts as a free agent in 2006. He made the game-winning field goals in Super Bowls 36 and 38 with the Patriots, and was also on the Pats team that won Super Bowl 39 and the Super Bowl 41 champion Colts.
|07.27.11 at 4:24 pm ET|
On Wednesday afternoon, the Patriots announced that they would be using the following schedule for the first two days of training camp, a minor change to their first announcement about the schedule for Thursday and Friday:
Practices: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2:30-5 p.m.
Patriots Experience: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Both sessions are unpadded practices
Practices: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Patriots Experience: 11 a.m – 4 p.m.
Both sessions are unpadded practices
|07.27.11 at 3:51 pm ET|
The Patriots agreed on a deal with their sixth-round draft pick Markell Carter Wednesday afternoon ‘ a four-year contract ‘ according to a league source. Carter is the first Patriots pick to sign this year. A 6-foot-4, 248-pounder out of Central Arkansas, he totaled 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior, and finished his college career with 16.5 sacks. Here’s video of him in action as a collegian:
|07.27.11 at 3:40 pm ET|
After a four-year career at Oregon, Clemens was drafted by the Jets in the second round, 49th overall, of the 2006 draft. Clemens has played sparingly throughout his five-year career, only seeing serious playing time in 2007. Filling in for a struggling Chad Pennington, Clemens started eight games that season, compiling 1,529 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Since then, he has started just one game, in 2009.