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Patriots sign 10 members of practice squad to futures pacts

All 10 finished the 2020 regular season on New England’s scout team.

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Ten members of the New England Patriots’ practice squad have been retained for the start of the 2021 league year.

The Patriots agreed to reserve-futures contracts with quarterback Jake Dolegala, wide receivers Devin Smith, Isaiah Zuber and Kristian Wilkerson, guard Ross Reynolds, defensive tackles Nick Thurman and Bill Murray, cornerback D’Angelo Ross as well as kickers Justin Rohrwasser and Roberto Aguayo on Monday.

Both Reynolds and Ross were standard elevations leading up to New England’s 28-14 win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The pair reverted without clearing waivers to begin the week.

Of New England’s initial futures pacts, four originally entered the league with the organization.

That homegrown list includes Mississippi State’s Zuber, William & Mary’s Murray and New Mexico’s Ross over the 2020 and 2019 undrafted classes. In addition, Rohrwasser landed in the fifth round of last April’s draft by way of Rhode Island and Marshall.

A handful in all saw game action during New England’s 7-9 campaign.

Thurman, formerly of the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appeared in a futures-high seven contests along the interior line while registering one start and 10 tackles. The University of Houston product saw 120 snaps on defense and 13 snaps on special teams over that span.

New England had signed rookie linebackers Cassh Maluia and Rashod Berry to the 53-man roster from the scout team of 16 prior to the season finale versus New York. And an August trade acquisition in cornerback Michael Jackson made his Patriots debut as part of the active fold. Their deals also run through 2021.

Amid the Monday movement, defensive tackle Isaiah Mack was restored to the practice squad from the Covid-19 reserve list while linebacker Michael Pinckney’s suspension was lifted after six games, according to the transaction wire. Both arrived in Foxborough midseason.