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Patriots Links 6/17/09 - Draft Pick OL Rich Ohrnberger Signed

<em>OL Rich Ohrnberger takes a lap during practice at Gillette Stadium on 06/11/09.</em>
OL Rich Ohrnberger takes a lap during practice at Gillette Stadium on 06/11/09.

New England signs fourth-round pick OL Rich Ohrnberger.  Ohrnberger reached terms with the team last week on a four-year deal worth approximately $2.20 million, including a $451,000 signing bonus.

Ohrnberger, an offensive lineman from Penn State, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft with the 123rd overall selection.

The 6-2, 291-pound Ohrnberger was a two-time All-Big Ten selection during his collegiate career. He took over the starting right guard role with nine games left in 2006 during his sophomore season. As a junior in 2007 he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, starting all 12 games. Ohrnberger earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in his final season with Penn State in 2008, as he helped the team win the Big Ten Title and reach the Rose Bowl.

Paul Perillo talks with backup quarterbacks Kevin O'Connell and Matt Gutierrez.

"That’s what makes these camps so important for us," O’Connell said. "With Tom around, obviously there aren’t a lot of chances but I get a lot of reps out here on the practice field and I have to be ready. We all saw what happened last year and Matt [Cassel] was obviously ready to take advantage. That’s what these camps are for – to prepare us for everything."

Gutierrez, who was released before the start of the 2008 season only to be re-signed following Brady’s injury, agreed with O’Connell.

"Practice time is extremely important," he said. "This offense is not an easy one for quarterbacks. There’s a lot of learning to be done and a lot of that takes place out here on the practice field. When the time comes, we need to be ready."

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