The 2023 NFL Draft is coming to an end, which means that now is the time to start turning our attention towards undrafted free agency. As always, the New England Patriots are a team to watch.
Given their long history of finding diamonds in the rough after the end of the seventh round, thy are one of the most attractive destinations for unselected prospects. The team still has an active 19-year streak of at least one undrafted rookie making the opening day regular season roster, after all; special teamers Brenden Schooler and DaMarcus Mitchell made it onto the 53-man squad last fall.
That said, the team only has limited roster spots available at the time: accounting for the 12 players drafted by the Patriots, they have three open spots on their 90-man offseason roster. No matter how many players will be brought in, though, they will be given a fair shot to compete under head coach Bill Belichick.
Regardless of what will happen, we will track all of the rumors and additions right here. Welcome to this year’s Patriots Undrafted Free Agent Tracker.
Patriots undrafted free agency signings
QB Malik Cunningham (Louisville): Cunningham is a true dual-threat quarterback. He threw for 9,660 yards with 70 touchdowns and ran for another 3,179 with 50 more scores during his time at Louisville. He has work to do as a passer, but provides some enticing upside. | Source
TE Johnny Lumpkin (Louisiana): After seven years at the college level — two at Hutchinson CC and five at Louisiana — Lumpkin is getting his opportunity in the NFL. The 6-foot-5, 264-pounder projects as a blocking tight end at the next level with good size but limited upside as a receiver. | Source
LB Jourdan Heilig (Appalachian State): Playing primarily on special teams and as a reserve linebacker, Heilig appeared in 51 games for App State over the course of his four-year career. He has good size at 6-foot-2 but at only 215 pounds is more built like a defensive back rather than a true off-the-ball linebacker; time will tell how the Patriots will use him. | Source
Patriots minicamp invitations
WR Ed Lee (Rhode Island): Coming off a six-year career at Rhode Island, Lee was invited to the Patriots’ rookie minicamp. The 5-foot-8, 183-pound wideout, who ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and 6.84-second three-cone drill on his Pro Day, caught 56 passes for 908 yards and five touchdowns last season. | Source
The Patriots faced some competition for Malik Cunningham’s services and his contract reflects this. The deal includes a $30,000 signing bonus and a $170,000 base salary. He has $200,000 total guarantees in his deal. | Source
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