Patriots re-sign CB Phillip Adams

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots' on-again, off-again connection with cornerback Phillip Adams is back on. The team announced today that Adams has been re-signed.

Adams was initially signed Sept. 21 before being released Oct. 8. He returned to the team Oct. 13 but was released the next day.

Now he's back again.

The roster shuffling has been a result of injuries and Bill Belichick managing the back end of the roster based on the health of players at other positions. Adams adds depth at cornerback behind Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Leigh Bodden, Ras-I Dowling and Antwaun Molden. Dowling, the team's second-round pick, has been sidelined with a hip injury and wasn't at practice Tuesday.

The 5-foot-11, 192-pound Adams was active in the team's games against the Bills (Sept. 25) and Raiders (Oct. 2), but did not play on defense. The only time he's seen on the field has been on special teams.

Adams was originally drafted in 2010 by San Francisco in the seventh round (224 overall) out of South Carolina State. He played in 15 games for the 49ers last season and finished with 13 total tackles and one pass defensed.