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Patriots sign WR Donald Jones

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  March 15, 2013 11:30 AM

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The Patriots have signed former Bills WR Donald Jones, a league source confirmed.

Jones, 25, was due to be a restricted free agent for the Bills but was not tendered.

Jones (6-0, 208 pounds) is a solid and versatile receiver who can line up just about anywhere. He caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns last season. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the combine coming out of college.

Jones gives the Patriots more options and competition where they have little right now. He might factor into whether or not the Patriots release Brandon Lloyd.

The book on Jones, from one personnel executive, is that he's a slot/possession receiver whose injury history is a factor. He missed time in 2011 with an ankle injury, and a calf last season. He finished 2012 on injured reserve for a non-football injury.

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