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Patriots sign 12 rookie free agents, two draft picks

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  July 27, 2011 07:57 PM

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The Patriots are inching toward filling out their roster hours before the team's first training camp practice begins tomorrow.

The Patriots announced moments ago they have signed 12 undrafted rookie free agents and confirmed signing draft picks TE Lee Smith (fifth-round pick) and LB Markell Carter (sixth-round pick).

The team also announced WR Tyree Barnes and RB Eric Kettani have been reinstated from the reserve military list.

Here is a breakdown of all the rookie free agents signed:

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
TE, Will Yeatman, Maryland

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