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Patriots sign 19 undrafted free agents

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The Patriots announced the signing of 19 undrafted free agents on Friday, with Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe, South Florida nose tackle Cory Grissom and Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen among the post-draft additions to the AFC East champions.

Moe (5-11, 204) caught 188 passes for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Tigers. He received a fifth-round grade in Pro Football Weekly’s 2013 Draft Preview.

Grissom (6-1, 306) was given a seventh-round grade by PFW. He started 40 games for the Bulls.

Allen (6-1, 229) won the Ray Guy Award as college football’s top punter in 2011 and 2012 and posted a 48.0-yard average as a senior.

The Patriots’ other undrafted free agents under contract are Tennessee fullback Ben Bartholomew, Mississippi State defensive lineman Dewayne Cherrington, Troy safety Kanorris Davis, Missouri offensive lineman Elvis Fisher, Clemson tight end Brandon Ford, South Florida defensive lineman Cory Grissom, Akron running back Quentin Hines, Rutgers cornerback Brandon Jones, Kent State offensive lineman Josh Kline, Michigan State offensive lineman Chris McDonald, Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris, Portland State linebacker Ian Sluss, Penn State offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch, Nevada tight end Zach Sudfield, Cincinnati wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano and Eastern Michigan long-snapper Mike Zupanic.

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26 Responses to “Patriots sign 19 undrafted free agents”
  1. rc33 says: May 3, 2013 10:51 AM

    What?
    The Patriots signed a Defensive Back from Rutgers?
    Gotta be kidding…

  2. rex1979 says: May 3, 2013 10:59 AM

    Been stuck on 3 SB’s for awhile now.

  3. psousa1 says: May 3, 2013 11:02 AM

    Not enough players from Rutgers on this undrafted free agent list if you ask me…………………

  4. faulkner22 says: May 3, 2013 11:04 AM

    I thought Fireman Ed was on this UDFA class?

  5. jimmyt says: May 3, 2013 11:16 AM

    Moe was a great pick up. I still can’t believe he didn’t go in the mid to late rounds. Watch, when Danny gets hurt T.J. will step into the slot and never look back. I hate the Pats.

  6. EJ says: May 3, 2013 11:24 AM

    The Patriots only have 1-2 more years left in them before they have to start rebuilding the team again. The Dolphins are just about complete on their re-build, with 2-3 more pieces left. Buffalo is 4-5 pieces away from completing their re-build and the Jets are just starting theirs. The AFC East is changing.

  7. ampats says: May 3, 2013 11:30 AM

    The things about the Patriots with rookies,it doesn’t matter if you were drafted or a free agent,every rookie is on the same footing once camp begins as every year a free agent seems to make the roster and gets on the field.

    With the roster locked and loaded it will make it a extremely competetive camp.

    Can’t wait for it to start !

  8. Patskrieg dot com says: May 3, 2013 11:34 AM

    I couldn’t explain the huge dropoff in TJ Moe’s stats in his junior and senior years. Then I figured it out. He was powerless without the superhuman arm of Blaine Gabbert.

  9. denverwally says: May 3, 2013 11:34 AM

    Hey EJ, check your math. This is a QB driven league and Tom is playing as good as ever, no matter now much you pray every night for his demise. Just check the numbers, as good as ever. Hell, even the Pats backup is better than any of the other starters in the division. Tannehill has some new toys, including a deep threat with frying pan hands. But he still has that same old rag-arm.

    Yep, 14- 2 with Super Bowl win #4, here we come.

  10. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 3, 2013 11:37 AM

    This is like the kid sifting through a pile of dung. When asked why he was doing it he replied, “There has to be a pony somewhere in there.” Guaranteed the Hooded One will find a gem in that pile of detrius.

  11. denverwally says: May 3, 2013 11:38 AM

    Oh, and as for rebuilding, you must not have been paying attention. The Pats have one of the youngest teams in the league with the second youngest defense. They have only 2 players left from the last Super Bowl win, Brady and Wilfork. They have shown the rest of the league that you don’t have to blow it all up and “rebuild” when you can “reload”. They have completely turned over the roster on both sides of the ball while maintaining excellence, winning the division year after year and continuing to dominate the conference. Sorry EJ old buddy, the Pats are going to own the division for another decade.

  12. knucklebucket says: May 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    rex1979 says:
    May 3, 2013 10:59 AM
    Been stuck on 3 SB’s for awhile now.

    __________________________________

    Please tell me you’re a Jets fan…..

  13. patsfiend says: May 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    It’s great to know that one or two of these guys are going to end up making a difference and even maybe starting, and as ampats points out… Bill doesn’t give a cold turd if you were picked in the first round, or undrafted. Next / best man up. Looking forward to the competition this year, and also can’t wait.

    But for now… got the C’s, B’s, and even the Sox to keep us busy. It’s still a good good time to be a Boston fan, man!

  14. patsfiend says: May 3, 2013 11:43 AM

    denverwally says:May 3, 2013 11:34 AM

    Hey EJ, check your math. This is a QB driven league and Tom is playing as good as ever, no matter now much you pray every night for his demise. Just check the numbers, as good as ever. Hell, even the Pats backup is better than any of the other starters in the division. Tannehill has some new toys, including a deep threat with frying pan hands. But he still has that same old rag-arm.

    Yep, 14- 2 with Super Bowl win #4, here we come.
    ————
    I think we all need to admit to ourselves… just admit it… although the regular seasons have been good, Brady has looked shaky in many postseason games over the last few years, even when they made it to the SB. I’m a homer, too, but can’t say I was surprised when TB12 hit the dirt on 4th and 3 with Ngata chasing him down, or some of the other recent plays. Not hatin’… just sayin’.

  15. phoff12 says: May 3, 2013 11:44 AM

    Let the total domination begin. Wake me up for the duck boat parade in February. Our division is a complete joke as usual. Payton will coke in the playoffs as usual. All these gimmicky offenses will be proven useless as usual oh and the Patriots will be in it at the end as usual.

  16. tedmurph says: May 3, 2013 11:49 AM

    Sorry EJ, the Pats started rebuilding in 2010 and have barely missed a beat. Between 2010-2012 they drafted 15 starters or significant contributors. That doesn’t count this yrs haul. They’ve gotten a lot younger.The Dolphins have closed the gap this offseason, but none of those 3 teams have a Qb that scares you in a QB’s league. Yeah, they’re gonna have to replace Brady a few yrs done the road, I’m betting they find someone, and depend more on all the def players they’ve been drafting and the running game, like during the SB winning yrs. Keep wishing. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  17. deliveredbysherpa says: May 3, 2013 11:54 AM

    When the Patriots win the Super Bowl, do they get to display the trophy at Rutgers?

  18. tmac4454 says: May 3, 2013 12:01 PM

    Kraft is smart with his money, he goes out and get all these undrafted players and pays only the minimum. That way he goes straight to the bank. Tammy Brady was overpaid anyway per Kraft. You are not winning any SB’s give me my money back, you loser….

  19. dalcow4 says: May 3, 2013 12:04 PM

    lol–have to love Pat Fan. Even signing a bunch of undrafted FAs is proof of Belicheat’s genius!

  20. nzayir says: May 3, 2013 12:16 PM

    The Patriots are loaded. They have tons of young and talented players. It’s going to be very hard for any of these UDFA’s to make this team but if they do they will have earned it.

    Belichick has rebuilt this team on the fly. Not only has he restocked this team he did it while keeping the Patriots in the Super Bowl hunt every year. The offense is already great but this young defense is getting ready to turn the corner. For the first time in ages they actually have a secondary every Patriots fan can feel good about.

    I hope Chandler Jones stays healthy this year. Anybody watching him could tell he has tons of potential. I’m looking forward to watching him the most on the Patriots’ defense.

  21. mchatrie says: May 3, 2013 12:20 PM

    I am studying at Rutgers now, Belichick I will be waiting for your call.

  22. cfmaguire9 says: May 3, 2013 12:29 PM

    EJ says:
    May 3, 2013 11:24 AM
    The Patriots only have 1-2 more years left in them before they have to start rebuilding the team again. The Dolphins are just about complete on their re-build, with 2-3 more pieces left. Buffalo is 4-5 pieces away from completing their re-build and the Jets are just starting theirs. The AFC East is changing.

    —————————–

    Rebuild what? Those teams haven’t been “built” in this era. The Dolphins and Bills have been rebuilding for about 15 years. The Jets have been rebuilding for 40+.
    It didn’t even take Boston that long to rebuild with the Big Dig.

  23. bosfaninva says: May 3, 2013 2:22 PM

    The Pats are rebuilding a 2005 Ferrari.

    The Jets are rebuilding a ’69 Dodge Dart.

    The Dolphins are rebuilding a ’73 Vega.

    The Bills are, uh, um, er, still building something.

  24. TheWizard says: May 3, 2013 2:40 PM

    They’ve had a decent offseason. They’ll be in the hunt.

    If one of those two big receivers can click right away, they’ll dominate – assuming Brady doesn’t hit the wall.

  25. ningenito78 says: May 3, 2013 5:02 PM

    The entire starting defensive backfield has a chance at some point to be all Rutgers players. Love it.

  26. CKL says: May 4, 2013 9:56 AM

    I need to check where BB’s youngest son went to college. I hope it was GA, AL, LA, etc. :D

    And yes, teams that are consistently good don’t ever rebuild. Not just the Pats but Balt, Pitt, GB, etc.

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