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LB James Morris to fill Pats' final spot

8/3/2014

The Patriots will fill their final spot on the 90-man man roster with rookie linebacker James Morris of Iowa, Pat Harty of the Iowa Press-Citizen reports.

UPDATE: The Patriots announced that they re-signed Morris later Sunday afternoon.

Morris had been with the Patriots for four days in May, initially signing a contract that included $20,000 in guaranteed money, which is a significant total for an undrafted player. But the Patriots soon after waived him with a "failed physical" designation.

According to Harty, Morris had been treated for a blood clot in his leg following his release.

Morris projects to an off-the-line role with the Patriots, and his presence adds depth as fellow undrafted linebacker Cameron Gordon has been sidelined for the last few practices and fellow rookie Deontae Skinner remains on the active/non-football injury list. While Morris is a longshot to earn a roster spot, he could be a strong candidate for the practice squad.

Patriots projected linebacker depth chart

Jerod Mayo

Jamie Collins

Dont'a Hightower

Steve Beauharnais

James Anderson

Chris White

Ja'Gared Davis

Darius Fleming

Cameron Gordon

James Morris

Taylor McCuller

Deontae Skinner