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Patriots officially sign offensive lineman James Ferentz to 53-man roster

James Ferentz served as a standard elevation and Covid-19 replacement this fall.

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The New England Patriots officially signed veteran offensive lineman James Ferentz to the 53-man roster on Wednesday, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Ferentz has appeared in three games since the calendar turned to October, twice serving as a standard elevation and once serving as a Covid-19 replacement to total 134 snaps.

The 32-year-old Iowa product started at left guard against the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys. He then rotated in at right guard last Sunday against the New York Jets. Entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Ferentz, a two-time Super Bowl champion, has been in New England’s fold since 2017.

The Patriots added defensive backs Brian Poole and De’Vante Bausby to the practice squad on Wednesday, and also signed linebacker Calvin Munson off the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad. Those arrivals left the organization with an active roster of 52 and practice squad of 17.

At the elevation limit, Ferentz would mark the corresponding move.

New England visits the Los Angeles Chargers for a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff next Sunday at SoFi Stadium.