This is going to be one of the craziest periods in NFL history. We’re going to try to sort it out bit by bit. This will be a running thread of undrafted free agent signed by the Patriots.
The players listed below have been confirmed, either by the college, an agent or some other avenue. We’ll try to gather as much information as we can.
Just keep in mind that some of these reports can be wrong (I’ve encountered players who don’t even exist). Some players can be just trying out, and not signing. And also remember that training camp rosters are up to 90, there are going to be a bunch of guys who don’t even have a chance.
But away we go:
Jeff Tarpinian, ILB, Iowa (6-2, 235, 4.56 in the 40) – School
About him: A special teams standout, Tarpinian dealt with a lot of injuries during his career at Iowa (shoulder surgery, hamstring, broken right hand). Could definitely make the team for special teams if he stays healthy.
Jeremy Ross, WR/KR, Cal (6-0, 209, 4.44) – Twitter account
About him: According to the school’s website, Ross posted a 4.39 at the Cal pro day….Took part in the Texas v. Nation all-star game….Was a teammate of Patriots second-round pick Shane Vereen…Finished his career second on Cal’s all-time punt return average list with an average of 15.2 yards per punt return (31 returns, 471 yards, one TD), behind only the 16.7 posted by DeSean Jackson (2005-07).
Mike Berry, OG, Auburn (6-3, 319, 5.49) – His private twitter account, which I can’t find anymore
About him: Three-year starter for the Tigers, most of the time at right guard.
Will Yeatman, TE/OT, Maryland (6-6 1/2, 270, 5.08) – Twitter account
About him: Lacrosse standout started his career as a Charlie Weis recruit at Notre Dame before two arrests (DUI, underage drinking) in 2008 greased the skids for his exit…Played in 11 games for the Terrapins and caught 13 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown…Mostly a blocker.
Anthony Leonard, ILB, West Virginia (6-0 1/2, 254, 4.89) – Twitter account
About him: Strong-side linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Clay Nurse, DE/OLB, Illinois (6-2 1/2, 261, 4.98) – Twitter account
About him: Had a good pro day, where he had a vertical jump of 32.5 inches and a short shuttle time of 4.24….Had 23 tackles, four sacks, four TFLs, eight hurries, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries as a senior….Played only two years of high school football after immigrating from Guyana, at the age of 15
Ryan Coulson, OLB, Nevada (6-3, 243, 4.75)
About him: Lacks top-flight athletic ability but is smart and tough. Covered to DE for Wolfpack after starting career as a LB.
Corey Woods, OT, Akron (6-4 3/4, 303, 5.25)
About him: Played left tackle for the Zips.
Alex Silvestro, DE/OLB, Rutgers (6-3 1/2, 267 4.83)
About him: Versatile player who would play DT on passing downs, but who could also drop into coverage when need be….Won state HS wresting title…‘‘Alex is a fighter,’’ said coach Greg Schiano. ‘‘He’s a tough son of a gun. He doesn’t always do it right (technically), but he gets in the right spot by fighting his guts out. We’re going to miss him. He brings a toughness to this team.’’
Kyle Hix, OT, Texas (6-7, 319, 5.44)
About him: One of the top-rated undrafted free agents….Four-year offensive lineman who played in 51 games, starting the last 39 (28 RT/11 LT) in which he played…Missed a game because of a concussion in November….Has long arms, good size and is strong. Surprising vertical jump. Projects as a RT. Concerns about how physical he plays.