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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:52

Patriots Sign Two Undrafted Rookies to Fill 90 Man Roster

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The New England Patriots have finally filled out their 90 man roster by signing two undrafted rookie free agents. Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison and Notre Dame kicker David Ruffer have been officially signed by the New England Patriots.

Harrison will become the seventh Rutgers product to be on the Patriots roster as Belichick's love affair with the program continues. Harrison is a big target standing in at 6'3" and certainly adds some height in the receiving corps. He finished his Rutgers career as a three year starter with 107 receptions and 18 touchdowns. Harrison was a starter by his sophomore as he led the Big East with nine touchdowns that season. Last Season, Harrison started 11 games and finished with 44 receptions, 583 yards, and six touchdowns.

David Ruffer, who transferred from William and Mary in 2008, is a record holding kicker for the tradition rich Fighting Irish. Ruffer set an Irish record with making his first 22 field goal attempts. After coming into a game in relief in 2009, he was the school's full time kicker in 2010 and 2011. He finished his Notre Dame career going 33 for 44 on field goal attempts and 93 of 97 on PAT attempts.

Ruffer went undrafted last season and failed to find a home after the draft. The signing of Ruffer gives the Patriots two kicking specialists at each the placekicking and punting positions. Rookie free agent punter Ryan Allen and Zoltan Mesko are the two punters on the roster and Ruffer and Stephen Gostkowski are the placekickers.