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Patriots Add Offensive Line Depth, Sign Rookie OT Darrion Weems

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Darrion Weems with Oregon in the 2011 National Championship.
Darrion Weems with Oregon in the 2011 National Championship.

Yesterday, the New England Patriots officially opened training camp, and found themselves a bit thin on the offensive line due to injuries to starters Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer, and the continued absence of Brian Waters, who has been a camp no-show while presumably contemplating retirement. The team had just ten linemen dress for practice, which is a very low number at this point in training camp.

Today, the team has made a couple of moves to add depth to the line. First, the team activated undrafted free agent guard Jeremiah Warren off of the PUP list, after having presumably passing his physical. Now, according to multiple reports, the team has opten to sign free agent offensive lineman Darrion Weems.

Weems, a 6'5", 302 lbs tackle out of Oregon, originally signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in April. He has played on both sides of the line, and started all 14 games for the Ducks at left tackle his senior season. He was released by Minnesota on Tuesday. While he is a longshot to make the final roster, he should provide depth along the line during training camp while the team continues to be thin on bodies.