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Friday, April 30, 2010

From the mat to the Pats




By Ian R. Rapoport

April 30, 2010

FOXBORO - A collegiate wrestler, Central Michigan’s all-time leading receiver and the brother of a former Patriot highlight the list of undrafted free agents who have signed contracts with the Patriots [team stats].

Coach Bill Belichick added eight players to the roster in time for today’s rookie minicamp, which begins at 10:15 a.m.

John Wise, a former All-American wrestler at Illinois, is hoping to become another find, a la former collegiate wrestling champion and starting guard Stephen Neal. Wise last played football as a freshman at Western Illinois.

On the football field, ex-Chippewas star Bryan Anderson is the most accomplished. The 6-foot-5 receiver left as his school’s all-time leading receiver after making 290 catches for 3,648 yards.

He’s joined by Ross Ventrone, a Villanova safety whose brother Ray spent time as a Patriot. As for Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown, he played under current Patriots coach Corwin Brown with the Fighting Irish. Brown had 50 tackles and a sack in 2009.

The other players are Montana State linebacker Dane Fletcher, California (Penn.) defensive back Terrence Johnson, Mississippi State defensive lineman Kyle Love, and North Dakota State running back Pat Paschall.

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