UDFA Lineman To Sign With Patriots

The frantic rush to sign top prospects after the Draft began moments after the St. Louis Rams selected "Mr. Irrelevant" as the final pick. New England wasted no time jumping on the phone to acquire those players who slipped through the cracks.

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Scout.com's Ed Thompson reported late last night that the Patriots have signed another Undrafted Rookie Free Agent, East Carolina's Josh Coffman.

The Patriots saw Coffman play in the Hula Bowl in December and worked him out in March. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound prospect projects as an offensive lineman, though he's played tight end previously. A solid athlete, Coffman brings the type of versatility that the Patriots demand out of their players.

Scout.com Scouting Report (Chris Steuber):
Coffman is a versatile lineman that’s played inside and outside and has exclusively started at right tackle this season. He’s an intelligent player that understands everyone’s assignments on the offensive line, which allows him to fill-in at different positions and be an vital part of an offense.

Patriots Insider Impact Analysis:
Adding another versatile lineman is always a good thing. New England didn't do much to bolster the offensive line via the Draft, so adding talent via free agency is another way to do it. Stephen Neal was an undrafted free agent who was able to parlay a career in wrestling into a starting role on a Super Bowl team. Coffman has played multiple positions from offensive guard to tackle after beginning his career at ECU as a tight end. Converted tight ends who can block can become targets for Tom Brady -- if you recall. Though Coffman has the size and athletics, expect it to be a long shot to make the final roster. He could very well land on the practice squad. The team carried 4 tackles, 4 guards and a center on the active roster last year.

Josh Coffman Photo: ECU Athletics

BIO: Courtesy ECU

An unselfish player and well-versed student-athlete who will assume a strong leadership role as a senior ... Has perhaps experienced one of the most impressive physical developments in the program over the past three years which has allowed his on-the field development to reach honors candidacy level ... Already rates as one of the top offensive linemen in Conference USA after moving to position just two years ago ... Agreed to utilize a redshirt season in 2005 to increase body weight and muscle mass in the strength and conditioning program - resulting in an addition of 40+ pounds to his tall frame ... Turned in another stellar spring showing which has earned top billing as the unit's starting right tackle in 2007 after handling guard play during the majority of 2006 ... Solid blocking skills as a former tight end has helped acclimation period ... Ranks among the nation's top 60 offensive linemen by Phil Steel Magazine ... A preseason All-Conference selection by both Lindy's National College Football Magazine and by Phil Steele Magazine ... Also rates among C-USA's Top 10 NFL talent according to Lindy's.

2007: A second-team All-Conference USA selection by league coaches ... Also named to 2007 C-USA All-Academic Team ... Started all 10 games played (5 at left tackle; 5 at right tackle) ... Named offensive captain for the season ... Recorded 32 knockdowns in 474 plays from scrimmage ... Posted a season-high six knockdowns in the regular season finale against Tulane ... Co-anchored an offensive line that has produced five individual 100-yard ground and three 100-yard receiving games ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Helped the Pirates to 261 yards of total offense (148/rush and 119/pass) ... Recorded 58 snaps at left tackle posting five knockdowns ... vs. UNC (9/8): Helped provide backside protection for Patrick Pinkney who threw for 406 yards (second-highest single-game performance in school history) and three touchdowns ... Logged 77 plays with a pair of knockdowns ... vs. USM (9/15): Helped the Pirates offense to 300 yards of total offense (97/rush and 203/pass) ... Logged 70 plays with a line-best four knockdowns ... vs. WVU (9/22): Recorded three knockdowns in 36 snaps ... vs. Houston (9/29): Logged 30 plays from scrimmage with two knockdowns ... Helped the Pirate offense record 329 yards of total offense (173/rush and 156/pass) ... Provided protection for Chris Johnson’s fifth career 100-yard rushing performance (147) ... vs. UCF (10/6): DNP-INJ (shoulder) ... vs. UTEP (10/13): DNP-INJ (shoulder) ... vs. NC State (10/20): DNP-INJ (shoulder) ... vs. UAB (10/27): Helped offensive unit rack up 471 yards of total offense (216/rush and 255/pass) ... Logged 31 plays from scrimmage with one knockdown ... vs. Memphis (11/3): Member of offensive unit that recorded a season-best 641 yards of total offense (491/rush and 150/pass) ... Helped pave way for Chris Johnson’s 301-yard (second-best in school history) and four rushing TD performance ... Logged 41 plays from scrimmage with two knockdowns ... vs. Marshall (11/10): Logged 46 snaps from scrimmage with four knockdowns ... vs. Tulane (11/24): Recorded a season-high six knockdown blocks in 42 snaps ... Provided pass protection for Rob Kass, who threw for three TDs ... Also helped provide blocking for Chris Johnson’s fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season (155) ... vs. Boise State (12/23): Closed out career with start No. 26 and logged three knockdowns during Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl win ... Keyed line that helped offensive unit rack up 476 yards against Broncos.

2006: Selected to both All-Conference USA squads (second-team by media, third-team by head coaches) ... Started all 13 games on the right side of the offensive line (first 11 at guard, two at tackle vs. N.C. State and USF) ... Recorded a line-best 61.0 knockdowns in a line-best 886 plays from scrimmage ... Posted a career-high, team-high and offensive line-high nine knockdowns in season opener against Navy (9/2) in Annapolis ... An anchor on a line that produced three 100-yard rushers, five 100-yard receivers and 3,024 passing yards - ECU's highest total in 14 years (since 1992) and third-best all-time ... Recipient of unit's "Crunch Award" for biggest hit ... vs. Navy (9/2): Recorded first career start on the offensive line (right guard) and fourth of his career (three at tight end in 2003) ... Topped team with nine knockdowns in 63 plays ... vs. UAB (9/9): Took all 65 snaps at the right guard spot, recording five knockdowns ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Credited with creating seams for running back Chris Johnson to pick up his fourth career 100-yard rushing game and first of the season ... Recorded five knockdown blocks in 66 snaps ... vs. WVU (9/23): Recorded two knockdowns in 72 plays from scrimmage ... vs. UVA (10/7): Made eighth career start, fifth at right guard ... Led all linemen with four knockdowns in 78 snaps ... Assisted in impressive offensive display that produced 432 total yards as well as a 100- yard rusher (Fractious/102) and 100-yard receiver (Good/102) ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Experienced action in all 54 plays and logged a team-best five knockdowns ... vs. SMU (10/21): Protected quarterback James Pinkney, who threw for a career-best 391 yards, and booked a pair of knockdowns ... vs. USM (10/28): Played key role in leading a late fourth quarter drive that culminated in Pinkney's two-yard TD run to send the game into overtime ... Posted a team-best six knockdowns while playing all 75 offensive snaps at right guard ... vs. UCF (11/4): Recorded four knockdowns in 79 plays from scrimmage ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Provided pass protection for an ECU passing attack that amassed 310 yards ... Collected five knockdowns in 68 plays from scrimmage ... vs. Rice (11/18): Opened contest at right guard but moved to the tackle position when Eric Graham went down with a knee injury in the first quarter ... Recorded a team-high six knockdowns in 53 plays from scrimmage ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Logged three knockdowns in 67 plays from scrimmage in first start at right tackle ... vs. USF (12/23): Credited with five knockdown blocks in Papajohns.com Bowl action, opening his second consecutive game at the tackle slot.

2005: Redshirted ... In addition to strength development, spent full season sharpening familiarity with new offensive system ... Officially made move from tight end position to offensive line during spring workouts ... Actually opened campaign on the two-deep as the reserve right tackle behind starter Chris Sellers but coaches were able to keep him on the sidelines for the entire season.

2004: Struggled through disappointing season as a reserve tight end, experiencing limited playing time with brief stints in 10 games after productive freshman season a year earlier ... Did not record any statistics (receptions, etc...) ... Did not play against Memphis ... Lost early starting standing after the arrival of a pair of junior college transfers and the move of Guy Whimper to the offensive side of the ball during mid-season.

2003: Earned selection to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... Played in only eight games but made four starts, including contests against Big East Conference foes West Virginia and Miami (Fla.) ... Sustained an injury prior to the Houston game which kept him out of the lineup for the next four games ... Caught four passes for 48 yards ... Longest reception of the season was a 23-yarder in collegiate debut at Cincinnati ... Also had a 17-yard grab against West Virginia at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

High School: An all-county selection and designated starter in the Sarasota-Manatee County All-Star Game ... Ranked as the No. 67 tight end prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com ... Caught 19 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... Also experienced limited action as a linebacker ... Clocked at 4.7 in the 40 during prep time trials ... Picked up additional letters in basketball, track and weightlifting ... Regional qualifier and school-record holder in the discus toss ... Honor roll student in the classroom ... Coached by Bob Bowling.

Personal: Full name is Joshua Tyler Coffman ... Born May 25, 1985 at Bradenton, Fla. ... Major is business ... Named to the 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 ECU Athletic Director's and Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

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