- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Patriots filled their final two spots on the 90-man roster on Monday, inking Rutgers rookie free-agent receiver Mark Harrison and Notre Dame kicker David Ruffer.
Harrison is a bigger target (6-3, 231) and becomes the seventh Rutgers player on the roster, joining defensive back Devin McCourty, defensive end Justin Francis, 2013 draft picks Logan Ryan (cornerback), Duron Harmon (safety) and Steve Beauharnais (linebacker), and 2013 rookie free agent Brandon Jones (cornerback).
Harrison, 22, was a three-year starter at Rutgers and finished his college career with 107 receptions for 1,769 yards and 18 touchdowns. He earned a starting position as a sophomore in 2010 and finished with 44 receptions for 829 yards and led the Big East with nine touchdowns. Harrison played in 13 games with 11 starts in 2012 and finished with 44 receptions for 583 yards and six touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Ruffer’s signing means the Patriots now have two specialists in each spot of their field goal operation – Ruffer and incumbent Stephen Gostkowski at kicker, incumbent Zoltan Mesko and rookie free agent Ryan Allen at punter, and incumbent Danny Aiken and rookie free agent Mike Zupancic at long snapper.
Ruffer, 24, transferred from to Notre Dame from William & Mary in 2008. The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder, connected on his first 23 career field goal attempts at Notre Dame to set a school record. After appearing in seven games in 2009 as an injury replacement, he was the full-time kicker in 2010 and 2011. Ruffer finished his college career making 33-of- 44 field goals and 93-of-97 extra point attempts.