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Patriots sign offensive tackle Darrion Weems

Posted by Leonard Neslin  July 27, 2012 11:56 AM

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Boston Globe NFL writer Greg Bedard is reporting the Patriots have signed offensive tackle Darrion Weems, who was recently waived by the Vikings to make room for Kevin Murphy.

Weems, an undrafted free agent from the University of Oregon, was signed by the Vikings May 1. With the 6-5, 318-pound Weems at left tackle, Oregon's rushing unit ranked fifth in the nation, third in scoring and sixth in total offense during his senior year.

The Patriots' offensive line didn't have the same look yesterday as it usual has on recent first practices at minicamp. Notable absences included guard Brian Waters, who hasn't reported to camp yet, and left guard Logan Mankins (knee) and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) being on the physically unable to perform list.

Instead, the line saw Nate Solder (left tackle), Ryan Wendell and Robert Gallery (left guard), Dan Koppen (center), Dan Connolly (right guard) and Marcus Cannon (right tackle).

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