Eight more undrafted free agents appear ticketed for Patriots
|04.28.13 at 1:09 am ET|
We reported earlier Saturday evening on a series of undrafted free agents who were set to join the Patriots. In the wake of that initial report, there have been eight other undrafted free agents to be linked to New England. Here’s a quick thumbnail sketch of the group:
Offensive tackle Elvis Fisher: The 6-foot-5, 296-pounder out of Mizzou is the second Tiger to confirm that he’s signed with the Patriots via his personal Twitter account. Fisher was an All-Big XII honorable mention at left tackle in 2009 and 2010, but struggled with injury over the last two seasons: first, he missed the 2011 season with a ruptured patellar tendon. He was hurt again in 2012, suffering an MCL strain that forced him to be carted off the field. (He’s also a bit of an oddball…..)
Tight end Brandon Ford: Multiple media reports indicated that Ford had signed with the Patriots. The Clemson product is a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder wasn’t invited to the combine, but still impressed over the course of his senior year, finishing the season with 40 catches for 480 yards and eight touchdowns.
Punter Ryan Allen: Allen won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter in 2011 with Louisiana Tech. The left-footed specialist — Bill Belichick has always preferred left-footed punters — ranked fifth in the FBS in gross average (46.1 yards per punt) and led the nation with 39 punts inside the 20-yard line and 22 punts inside the 10-yard line.
Defensive back Brandon Jones: Because you can never have enough Scarlet Knights on your roster, the Patriots added another as an undrafted free agent, according to reports out of New Jersey. The 6-foot, 191-pound Jones had 31 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass deflections this past season with Rutgers.
Offensive lineman Christopher McDonald: The brother of current New England offensive lineman Nick McDonald, he’ll join his brother in Foxboro. Christopher started 39 games for Michigan State, including the final 30 of his career at right guard. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season, and was named to the preseason Outland Trophy watch list. The news was reported by various media outlets.
Offensive lineman Josh Kline: The Kent State product is a 6-foot-3, 310-pounder who was named to Phil Steele’s All-MAC Team, was Second Team All-MAC and also named to Steele’s midseason Second Team All-MAC squad as a senior. As a collegian, he played both right tackle and right guard. News of his signing was reported by several media outlets.
Fullback Ben Bartholomew: The Vols fullback, whose brother and grandfather also played at Tennessee, also lined up as a tight end as a collegian. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder finished his senior season at Tennessee with 11 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. News of his signing was reported by several media outlets.
Strong safety Kanorris Davis: An undersized linebacker, the 5-foot-10, 211-pound Davis was selected Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 season. He led the Troy defense — and ranked 10th in the Sun Belt — averaging 7.5 tackles per game. In addition, he finished fourth in the league with 62 solo tackles.