Former East Carolina outside receiver Reese Wiggins signed a pro contract with the New England Patriots Tuesday to become the fifth Pirate to agree to terms with an NFL squad as an undrafted free agent.
Wiggins, 23, pulled in 80 receptions for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns in his four-year, 36-game collegiate career and was an All-Conference USA Honorable Mention in 2014 with 26 catches and four touchdowns.
His most memorable performance was during Senior Night last fall, where the Durham, N.C. native found the end zone three times – a career-best – against UAB in his final game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Wiggins graduated in May 2013 with a communications degree at ECU and is the second former Pirate receiver to sign with the Patriots post-draft. Justin Jones, who sat out last season after being ruled academically ineligible before ECU's home opener, signed the dotted line almost immediately following the draft.
Wiggins' signing was announced by the Patriots in conjunction with the signing of fellow free agent receiver, Troy State's Wilson Van Hooser. The Patriots' roster is now at its 90-man maximum for the first time in 2014.