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Patriots announce undrafted free agents

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The Patriots officially announced the signing of running back Joseph Addai on Thursday and used the occasion as a chance to announce the signing of a group of undrafted rookie free agents as well.

Seven players signed with the Patriots. They will join the team’s seven draft picks and tryout players at this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

The players are Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden, Miami defensive lineman Marcus Forston, Rutgers defensive lineman Justin Francis, Iowa tight end Brad Herman, Kentucky wide receiver Matt Roark, South Florida offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren and Iowa offensive lineman Markus Zusevics.

Bolden ranks second all-time in touchdowns at Ole Miss, but tallied just four of his 27 career scores last season. Roark’s brightest college moment actually came as a quarterback when injuries forced him into action for Kentucky’s game with Tennessee. Roark led the Wildcats to a 10-7 win, their first over the Volunteers since 1984.

Roark was coached in high school and college by Tee Martin, who led Tennesse to a national title in his playing days. That led to him getting drafted ahead of Tom Brady, who Roark hopes to be catching passes from sometime soon.

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11 Responses to “Patriots announce undrafted free agents”
  1. deathonwings410 says: May 10, 2012 7:43 PM

    Joseph Addai is a good signing for the Patriots. While not the most explosive runner, he’s good at pass pro and catching the ball out of the backfield. Hope he has a good year…except week 3, lol.

  2. patsfiend says: May 10, 2012 7:44 PM

    History tells us that at least one or two of these guys are going to be household names (to Pats fans) in a couple years. Good luck, rookies!!

  3. mike83ri says: May 10, 2012 7:59 PM

    I recognize these names about as well as I do the entire Superbowl starting defense.

  4. jpb12 says: May 10, 2012 8:43 PM

    Another free agent RB from Ole Miss

  5. radrntn says: May 10, 2012 9:16 PM

    not a single cb……thats odd

  6. rushmatic says: May 10, 2012 11:14 PM

    jpb12 says:

    Another free agent RB from Ole Miss

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    Good point! Although I’d say the odds he’ll become a BJGE are small. I’m sure hoping, though.

  7. mostafa487 says: May 10, 2012 11:19 PM

    @radrntn

    We got Dennard in the 7th. Next year it should be Ras-I and Alfonzo starting, Arrington in the slot, and McCourty and Moore as the back ups. If Moore keeps developing and McCourty can figure out how to cover again, that secondary is dramatically improved. Couple that with Jones, Hightower, and Forston and the front 7 looks immediately better. Granted Jones shouldn’t be expected to be a beast right off the bat, I’m still feeling a lot better about this D than I have in the last few years. Let’s not forget Fanene and Scott as some quality depth options, either

  8. lostsok says: May 10, 2012 11:54 PM

    The end of the Brady era is in site. Now Belicheat is filling the roster with nobodies.

    The bigger they are…is going to lead to a deliciously wonderful fall.

  9. seanmmartin says: May 11, 2012 1:43 AM

    This article was surprisingly informative.. Thanks Josh.

  10. enx31 says: May 11, 2012 3:20 AM

    Ah, not sure on some previous comments. Great pickup. Hard nosed, north/south runner who’s caused some real damage in the past. Only 29.

    And he’s never played with a good rushing off. line, ever…

  11. homelanddefense says: May 11, 2012 9:20 AM

    Some of these guys are very interesting. Forston was considered to be one of the best DT in college, but just cannot stay on the fiend. Zusevics was a top 10 tackle until getting hurt at the combine (guessing he gets IR or PUP) Warren has a chance to make the team.

    Interested in Bolden. didnt see him play much, but watching vids online he has the same style and size as Green-Ellis. Hopefully he can sneak onto the practice squad.

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