The Patriots usually focus on quality and system fit when sifting through the undrafted free agent market and not just pure quantity like some teams. With a deep roster the Patriots can be very selective. The team signed a couple of high upside players so far and more signings are expected. To see the full list of players with a breakdown of each player continue to read on here.
List of Confimed Undrafted Free Agent Signings:
Jeremiah Warren, OG/OC, South Florida 6’3″ 324 lbs.
Warren is a versatle interior offensive lineman from the University of South Florida. There were rumors before the draft that the Patriots were interested in drafting him. Warren is a powerful run blocker who needs to get more flexible.
He should be able to come in and compete for a depth spot along the offensive line. Many expected the Patriots to draft a center, but they passed. Warren might be best suited to play there long term. Warren was a high school wrestling star, which Bill Belichick loves.
Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa 6’5″ 304 lbs.
Zusevics came went into the Scouting Combine as one of the highest rate offensive tackles in the draft. Unfortunately, Zusevics tore his pectoral muscles which caused him to go undrafted. Zusevics is a devestating blocker and plays with a mean streak. He can play right tackle as well as guard.
The Patriots love taking lineman from Iowa because they have been coached up so well. Zusevics is a candidate to start the season on PUP or even IR, but he has a good chance to stick long term with the team.
Marcus Forston, DT, Miami(FL) 6’1″ 301 lbs.
Two years ago Forston was ranked as one of the top defensive tackles in the entire draft. Very strong player, produced 35 reps at the combine. He can be disruptive when his motor is running. Actually uses his upper body well, can shed blocks and get up field.
Forston’s effort level is very inconsistant and he takes plays off. If motivated and put in the right situation Forston could definitely make the final roster or practice squad. Forston profiles as a 4-3 DT, so he will likely be in the mix for sub package playing time with Myron Pryor.
Brad Herman, TE, Iowa 6’4″ 253 lbs.
Herman is another Iowa Hawkeye, so you know he has been well coached. Had some trouble catching the ball, but is a very solid blocker. Herman was able to get open in the red zone and short yardage situations.
Former Patriots TE Coach Brian Ferentz is currently the OL coach at Iowa and we know about his dad Kirk. The Patriot-Hawkeye pipeline continues.
Matt Roark, WR, Kentucky 6’5″ 225
Roark is a versatile player who has done it all in his career at Kentucky. He has player wide receiver, special teams and even quarterback. He was able to lead Kentucky in an upset over the University of Tennessee from the QB position, the first time in over 20 years the Wildcats had beaten the Volenteers. Roark projects to a WR at the NFL level and should be someone who can help on special teams. In his special teams career at Kentucky he was ablt to block seven kicks, so look for his height to be used there in training camp.
Justin Francis, DE/OLB, Rutgers 6’2″ 268
Francis is the latest Rutgers football player to sign an UDFA contract with the Patriots. Francis played defensive tackle and defensive end at Rugers, but profiles as a DE/OLB in the NFL. Francis was a productive pass rusher this past season totaling 6.5 sacks which lead the program. Even though Francis is just 6’2″ tall he has some of the longer arms at 33 5/8″. By drafting Chandler Jones and Jake Bequette and signing and UDFA like Francis, it’s clear Bill Belichick is trying to add some length to the perimeter of his defense. Francis was invited to the combine and had a very good chance to be drafted before Tony Pauline of SI.com reported teams discovered he had a leg injury. Francis will be a player to watch in camp, as he is a better pass rusher than former Rutgers DE and current Patriot Alex Silvestro who played in the Super Bowl after making the practice squad as an UDFA last season.
Brandon Bolden, RB, Ole Miss 5’11″ 222 lbs.
Bolden signing with the Patriots has now been reported by a couple of more outlets. Brandon Bolden is a bigger running back who is faster than people think. Bolden takes and gives contact well and always runs hard. He has been compared to former Ole Miss RB and former Patriots BenJarvus Green-Ellis, except Bolden is a better athlete. At the NFL combine he was one of the top performers in the vertical jump (38″), 3-Cone (6.99) and posted a respectable 4.53 forty yard dash time. Bolden’s best season at Ole Miss was his junior year when he posted 983 yards rushing as well as 32 catches for 344 yards. Has also played gunner on special teams. With the Patriots roster short on RB depth, Bolden has a legitimate shot to impress coaches and win a roster spot this summer.