The Patriots announced a batch of roster moves on Friday afternoon, including the official signing of eight of their nine draft picks.
The team announced it had signed second-round pick Cyrus Jones, third-rounders Joe Thuney and Vincent Valentine, fourth-rounder Malcolm Mitchell, sixth-round picks Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker Elandon Roberts and Ted Karras and seventh-round pick Devin Lucien.
The only draft pick who remains unsigned is quarterback Jacoby Brissett, a third-round selection.
In addition, Patriots signed eight rookie free agents today and released running back Joey Ioesefa. Iosefa, 24, originally joined the practice squad on Oct. 21, 2015, and had a brief stint on the 53-man roster before returning to the practice squad. The 6-foot, 245-pounder, played in two games and tallied 15 carries for 51 yards. He entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by Tampa Bay (231st overall) out of Hawaii in the 2015 NFL Draft and was released by Tampa Bay on Aug. 30, 2015.
Here’s a quick look at each of the rookie free agents who were officially added on Friday, via the press release:
V’Angelo Bentley, 22, was a two-year starter at cornerback and a return specialist for Illinois. The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder, is the only player in Illinois history to return a kickoff, a punt, an interception and a fumble for a touchdown. He holds the school record for kickoff return yards with 1,860.
D.J. Foster, 22, appeared in 53 games during his four-year career at Arizona State and finished his career with 222 receptions for 2,458 yards. The 6-foot, 195-pounder, tallied 4,829 all-purpose yards, including 2,458 receiving yards and 2,355 rushing yards.
Woodrow Hamilton, 23, played in 47 games with 25 starts at nose tackle for Mississippi and finished with 83 total tackles and three sacks. The 6-foot-3, 319-pounder, played in every game with 12 starts at nose tackle as a senior in 2015.
C.J. Johnson, 24, began his college career at Mississippi as a defensive end before moving to middle linebacker for the 2015 season. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, played in 51 games and finished with 98 tackles, 13½ sacks and three interceptions.
Jonathan Jones, 22, was a four-year starter at cornerback for Auburn, who finished his career with 129 total tackles and seven interceptions. The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder, ranked ninth nationally as a junior in 2014 with six interceptions.
Cre’Von LeBlanc, 21, was a four-year contributor to Florida Atlantic’s defense as a cornerback and a kickoff and punt returner. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder, was named a team captain as a senior in 2015 and was named the team’s Defensive MVP after finishing the year with 43 total tackles and four interceptions.
Steven Scheu, 23, was a four-year starter at tight end for Vanderbilt, who played in 47 career games and finished with 83 receptions for 933 yards and seven touchdowns. As a senior in 2015, he played in 11 games with 10 starts and finished the year with 26 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown.
Bryce Williams, 23, was a walk-on at two college programs. He began his college career at Marshall before transferring to East Carolina. The 6-foot-6, 258-pounder, finished his career with 96 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns as a tight end. Last season, he earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior in 2015 after finishing with 58 receptions for 588 yards and four touchdowns.
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