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Jul 28, 2018; Eagan, MN: Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Cedrick Lang participates in drills at Vikings training camp at TCO Performance Center. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

Jul 28, 2018; Eagan, MN: Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Cedrick Lang participates in drills at Vikings training camp at TCO Performance Center. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots announced on Monday that they’ve signed free-agent offensive tackle Cedrick Lang, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings.

Lang, 26, spent the entire 2018 season on injured reserve with a lower leg injury. He previously spent the entire 2017 season on the Vikings’ practice squad.

The free agent also spent time in the 2017 league year with the Denver Broncos before being released prior to the start of the season. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants.

What makes the 6-foot-7, 300-pound Lang a unique player is that he started his college career as a basketball player at Texas-El Paso. He shifted to football for his fifth year of college eligibility, when he played tight end and caught 11 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in 12 games.

Lang should be in the mix for a backup tackle role with the Patriots. With sophomore Isaiah Wynn in line to start at left tackle, Lang joins a tackle depth chart that also includes Cole Croston and practice squad lineman Dan Skipper.

Like Wynn, Lang’s next NFL regular season game experience will be his first.

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