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Monday, 22 July 2013 00:33

New England Patriots sign defensive back Justin Green

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—According to a press release from the team, the New England Patriots announced the signing of rookie free agent defensive back Justin Green today.

Green began his collegiate football career at the University of Illinois at the running back position before moving to the secondary for his final three seasons of play.  During that time, he made 29 starts, tallying 76 total tackles, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

Last season, his senior campaign, was a stellar one. He played in 12 games starting 11 at the cornerback position and notched 36 tackles with six passes defensed. One of his better seasons defensively came in 2010, when he played in 13 games notching 55 total tackles (30 solo, 25 assisted) to go along with one forced fumble and four pass deflections.

The Louisville, Ky. native had a great freshman (2009) campaign on the ground as he played in 12 contests, carrying the rock 19 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns. However as mentioned, he played at the running back position for that season only, before finding his niche at defensive back beginning in his sophomore campaign.

From a Patriots perspective, it never hurts to have cornerback depth especially for a team that ranked 29th in opponent passing yards allowed per game with 271.1 . Given the off-the-field troubles of Alfonzo Dennard, this signing may also be an “insurance policy” type of signing in case any more problems arise in that area.

At the very least, this will give New England depth and “new blood” heading into camp which never hurts, especially for a team that is looking to win its fourth Lombardi Trophy and one that is hungry to get back to football’s promised land.