5 UDFAs Who Will Make the New England Patriots’ 53-Man Roster

5 UDFAs Who Will Make the New England Patriots’ 53-Man Roster

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The New England Patriots have had success getting quality value out of undrafted free agents with players like Kenbrell Thompkins, Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell. Even after the NFL Draft, the Patriots still had needs to fill, specifically at tight end and safety and improving their special teams play. While making the team is often a long shot for undrafted free agents, here are five UDFAs who will make the final 53-man roster

5. Tyler Ott, LS, Harvard

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5. Tyler Ott, LS, Harvard

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While long-snapper isn’t a glamorous pick, Ott, comes at a significantly cheaper cost than incumbent Danny Aiken, who looked shaky towards the end of the 2013 season. Ott doesn’t possess superior range or blocking skills, but his accuracy is excellent and he has offensive experience, playing tight end in 2013 where he had 15 receptions for 188 yards and four touchdowns. Think Jumbo Elliot and get excited about a long-snapper.

4. Roy Finch, RB, Oklahoma

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4. Roy Finch, RB, Oklahoma

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Finch is a dynamic, highlight-reel type running back whose diminutive 5-foot-7 size should remind fans of Danny Woodhead, only Finch is more talented. As a sophomore he ran for 605 yards on 111 carries, good for 5.5 yards per carry -- it was 5.9 yards per carry as a senior -- and added 34 receptions for 296 yards. This makes Finch a dual-threat, third-down option. His explosive start-stop and open-field ability make for a solid option at returner

3. Cameron Gordon, OLB, Michigan

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3. Cameron Gordon, OLB, Michigan

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Gordon played a little bit of everything in college -- wide receiver, safety and eventually linebacker where he was primarily a special teams player. As a fifth-year senior, he led the Wolverines with five sacks and 40 tackles, including 8.5 for a loss, but he is still a very raw talent. His fluid movements and 6.74-second time in the three-cone drill make him a sub-package and passing down LB as well as a core special teams player.

2. Jeremy Deering, S, Rutgers

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2. Jeremy Deering, S, Rutgers

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Drafting players from Rutgers has become Bill Belichick’s signature move. Deering has versatility, playing WR, RB and kick returner before moving to safety in 2013. He also had a blazing 4.33 40-yard dash time and a remarkable 31.2 yard/return average. While there are still concerns at safety for the Patriots, Deering will most likely make the team as a gunner on special teams and possibly as a kick returner.

1. Justin Jones, TE, East Carolina

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1. Justin Jones, TE, East Carolina

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The Patriots decided against drafting a tight end, and of the three UDFA tight ends they’ve signed, Jones is the one who will make the team. Jones is special because he is 6-foot-8 with a 38-inch vertical leap and 400-pound bench press. With his size, catch-radius and experience as a hybrid tight end, Jones is type of TE the Patriots are lacking. He would be a red zone threat and an insurance policy for Rob Gronkowski

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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