New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 13: A view of New England Patriots helmets before the game between the Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

  • The 2022 NFL Draft has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean the Patriots are done adding players. After making 10 picks, they have nine roster spots remaining to sign undrafted free agents.

    For 18 years in a row, at least one UDFA has made the Patriots’ initial roster out of training camp.  So it’s not as though these signings are simply throwaways. We’ll keep track of all the additions here as the news comes in, as well as other rumors involving the Patriots.

  • QB/RB/WR D’Eriq King, Miami

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 11: D'Eriq King #1 of the Miami Hurricanes looks to pass against the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 11: D’Eriq King #1 of the Miami Hurricanes looks to pass against the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    The Patriots worked King out during the pre-draft process, and apparently liked what they saw. According to insider Jordan Schultz, King is signing with the Patriots as a UDFA.

    King was primarily a quarterback in college, but also spent two seasons as a wide receiver. There’s a number of ways the Patriots can use him – he’ll be a fun player to watch throughout training camp. For more on King, check out our write-ups on him here and here.

  • WR/S Brenden Schooler, Texas

    AUSTIN, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 26: Brenden Schooler #14 of the Texas Longhorns reacts after tackling Deuce Vaughn #22 of the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

    AUSTIN, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 26: Brenden Schooler #14 of the Texas Longhorns reacts after tackling Deuce Vaughn #22 of the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

    The Patriots are sticking with versatility through their first two UDFA signings. Their latest addition is Brenden Schooler of Texas, according to Tom Pelissero.

    Schooler spent the first four seasons of his collegiate career with Oregon, where he played wide receiver. He was also All-Pac-12 as a special teams player in 2017 and 2018. In 2020 he transferred to Texas, then made the switch to safety in 2021 when he made seven starts. At his pro day, Schooler ran a 4.41 40. He’ll likely be a contender for a special teams role in New England.

  • DL LaBryan Ray, Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 23: LaBryan Ray #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reaches for Hendon Hooker #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Bryant Denny Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Photo by Marvin Gentry/Getty Images)

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 23: LaBryan Ray #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reaches for Hendon Hooker #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Bryant Denny Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Photo by Marvin Gentry/Getty Images)

    This year’s draft was the first time the Patriots haven’t taken an Alabama player since 2018. However, they are adding at least one as a UDFA. The team is signing Tide defensive lineman LaBryan Ray according to Jordan Schultz.

    At 6-foot-5, 283 pounds Ray is a versatile defensive lineman who plays much stronger than his size suggests. Injuries hurt Ray’s draft stock as much as anything else, as he played just 36 games in five seasons. When on the field, he totaled 14 tackles for a loss with 6.5 sacks.

  • C Kody Russey, Houston

    There were few players in this year’s draft class more experienced that Russey. He started 60 games in a six-year college career than began at Louisiana Tech before a transfer to Houston. In 2021, Russey was Second Team All-AAC, as well as a team captain. The Patriots had a scout present at his Pro Day.

  • EDGE DeMarcus Mitchell, Purdue

    Purdue defensive end DaMarcus Mitchell (15) tackles Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. (Nikos Frazier/Journal & Courier/USA TODAY Network)

    Purdue defensive end DaMarcus Mitchell (15) tackles Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. (Nikos Frazier/Journal & Courier/USA TODAY Network)

    Mitchell began his career as a JUCO player then transferred to Purdue for the 2020 season. He had a breakout year in 2021 with 4.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss as well as two forced fumbles and two pass deflections in just nine games. In the NFL, Mitchell projects as a rotational pass rush specialist with the athleticism to contribute on special teams. Yahoo’s Tom Dienhart reported the signing.

  • P Jake Julien, Eastern Michigan

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    Sep 11, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Eastern Michigan Eagles punter Jake Julien (31) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

    With Jake Bailey due an unguaranteed $4 million in a contract year, there was no shortage of speculation leading up to the draft that the Patriots could pick a punter. While that didn’t end up happening, they have added one as a UDFA.

    According to Jordan Schultz, the team is singing Eastern Michigan’s Jake Julien. Julien averaged a career-best 45.9 yards per punt last season, and had 12 kicks down inside the 20 compared to just five touchbacks. A native of Barrie, Ontario, he was selected 31st overall in the 2021 CFL Draft by the Ottawa RedBlacks but elected not to sign.

  • IOL Liam Shanahan, LSU

    Nov 13, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers center Liam Shanahan (56) prepares to snap the ball at the line of scrimmage against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 13, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers center Liam Shanahan (56) prepares to snap the ball at the line of scrimmage against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    The Patriots UDFA class includes a player who grew up locally in LSU interior lineman Liam Shanahan. Jordan Schultz is reporting the Marlborough, Mass. native is signing with the team.

    Shanahan’s college career began at Harvard, where he was a three year starter seeing time at both right guard and right tackle. He transferred to LSU in 2020 and over the last two seasons started 23 games at center for the Tigers. He has the built to play multiple offensive line positions at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds. In New England, he’ll be reunited with LSU’s starting right guard and the Patriots’ 210th overall pick, Chasen Hines.

  • CB Devin Hafford, Tarleton State

    The Patriots have a long and successful history with UDFA cornerbacks under Bill Belichick. Can Tarleton State corner Devin Hafford add to that list? Hafford tweeted Monday night that he’s signing with the Patriots.

    Hafford has the profile of a typical Patriots boundary cornerback at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He had tremendous on-ball production last year with six interceptions and 13 pass breakups in 11 games. After the season, he was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year.

  • Slade Bolden update

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 10: Slade Bolden #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball after a reception during the second quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JANUARY 10: Slade Bolden #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball after a reception during the second quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

    You don’t often see confirmed non-signings, but that’s the case with Alabama slot receiver Slade Bolden. According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, Bolden will not be signing with the Patriots.

    There were a number of direct and indirect reasons Bolden was tied to the Patriots during the pre-draft process. Slot receiver was seen as a position of need, and the team hosted Bolden for a pre-draft visit, and spoke with him at the Combine. Bolden was also roommates with Mac Jones at Alabama.

  • Local prospect gets minicamp invitation

    In addition to outright signing undrafted rookies, teams can also offer players invitations to participate in spring practices on a tryout basis. That’s what the Patriots are doing with Rhode Island safety Coby Tippett, per URI football.

    Tippett grew up a town over from Foxborough in Sharon, Mass. and is the son of Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett. He attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. Tippett was All-CAA as both a safety and punt returner for the Rams in 2021, his third year in a row receiver All-CAA honors. If he performs will during the spring, the team could offer him a full UDFA contract for training camp.