Along with the release of veteran receiver Donald Jones, the Patriots also announced the addition of two rookie free agent wide receivers this afternoon, Perez Ashford out of Northern Illinois and Quentin Sims out of Tennessee-Martin. A quick profile on each pick-up:
Ashford is a 5'11" 182 lbs receiver who played all four years at Northern Illinois. After going undrafted in April, he signed on with the Browns, but was released on May 30th. He did a variety of things at NIU, from carrying the football to catching passes to returning kicks. At his pro day, he registered a 4.5 40-time, a 4.29 in the shuttle, and a 7.11 three cone.
Sims played the first two years of his collegiate career at Georgia Tech before transferring to Tennessee-Martin. While he wasn't a big name player heading into this year's draft, he does have intriguing size at 6'3" and 208 lbs. He also broke the Ohio Valley Conference record for touchdown catches his senior season with 16.
While both of these players are very long shots to make the final roster, you never know. The Patriots have a lot of rookies at the position, and these two will be given their chances to compete in camp.
The Patriots began today at 87 total players on their roster. Following the release of Jones and the signings of Ashford and Sims, their current roster stands at 88. Expect the Patriots to fill those spots in the next few days.