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Friday, July 19, 2013
Patriots sign rookie WRs Ashford & Sims

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots announced the signing of rookie free-agent receivers Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims today. Both are longshots for a roster spot.

Ashford, 22, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as a rookie free agent out of Northern Illinois on April 30, 2013 but was released by the Browns on May 30. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder, played in 48 games during his four collegiate seasons and finished with 110 receptions for 1,192 yards. He was also utilized as a kickoff returner during his career.

Sims, 23, played two seasons at Georgia Tech (2009-10) before transferring to Tennessee-Martin in 2011. The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder, had 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

ESPNBoston's projected Patriots WR depth chart (Day 1 of training camp)
Danny Amendola
Julian Edelman
Michael Jenkins
Kenbrell Thompkins
Aaron Dobson
Josh Boyce
Kamar Aiken
Matthew Slater (roster lock as special teams captain)
Lavelle Hawkins
Mark Harrison
Perez Ashford
Quentin Sims