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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Patriots work out 5 defensive backs

By Mike Rodak

The Patriots worked out five defensive backs on Thursday, the team announced.

Among the workouts were two Baylor cornerbacks from the 2011 draft class. Mikail Baker (6-0, 200) was selected by the Rams in the seventh round, while Antareis Bryan (6-2, 190) signed as an undrafted free agent and spent training camp with the Bears.

In addition, the team worked out rookie cornerback Ryan Hill (5-11, 207), an undrafted product of Miami who spent training camp in Minnesota.

Safeties Dominque Harris (6-2, 213) and Ricky Price (6-1, 195) were also worked out, and both have NFL experience. Harris, from Temple, went undrafted in 2010, signing with the Bills and later playing in the regular season finale for the Buccaneers. Price played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2009-2010, after going undrafted from Oklahoma State.

All of the workouts were likely made with the 2012 season in mind, as teams may sign players to future contracts for next season at this time. Last week, the Patriots signed quarterback Mike Hartline, who will join the team for the offseason.

Likewise, any of the defensive backs who worked out, if signed to a future contracts, would add depth heading into the offseason. Cornerbacks Nate Jones and Antwaun Molden, as well as safety James Ihedigbo are all set to become unrestricted free agents in March.