Patriots Rookies Participate In Minicamp

Rookie Minicamp opens today. Patriots Insider has been reporting the list of rookies signing as free agents. Here is the list of players expected to participate in this weekend's activities.

Patriots Insider reported a number of undrafted rookie free agents (UDFAs) this past week. The official UDFA Tracker can be found ( here ) in the Insider's Lounge. Out of the names on the tracker here are the players who have signed contracts:

2008 UDFA Minicamp List

OL Josh Coffman (East Carolina)
DB Mark Dillard (Louisiana Tech)
DL Carlos Feliciano (Maryland)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Mississippi)
DL Chris Norwell (Illinois)
LB Vince Redd (Liberty)
DL Henry Smith (Texas A&M)
TE Jonathan Stupar (Virginia)
DL Casey Tyler (Portland State)
OL Ryan Wendell (Fresno State)
LB Gary Guyton (Georgia Tech)

In addition to the names above, there are a number of players expected in for tryouts. These players will not have their names announced by the team, but Patriots insider has confirmed that they were invited to camp this weekend.

P Mike Dragosavich (North Dakota State)
RB Kenny Cattouse, (Troy)
WR Josh Allen (Troy)

Other media outlets have reported the majority of these signings. Allen's name was provided to from a source with knowledge of the situation.

There may, and likely will, be other players in camp not mentioned in the list above. We will bring you those names as we uncover their identities.

Each rookie will get a chance to show what he has during this weekend's rookie minicamp scheduled for May 2-3 at the team's facilities in Foxborough. Signing a contract is no guarantee that an undrafted player will make the club. One of the recent UDFAs names to turn a this opportunity into a spot on the active roster is linebacker Pierre Woods. Woods joined the Patriots in 2005 as an UDFA out of Michigan. He contributed as a sub on defensive packages and is part of the special teams unit. A more notable UDFA was defensive back Randall Gay out of LSU. Gay started his early as a rookie due to injuries on the roster. He was in and out of the lineup the past few seasons, leaving this year for a free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Joining the UDFAs will be the team's seven Draft picks

LB Jerod Mayo (Tennessee)
CB Terrence Wheatley (Colorado)
LB Shawn Crable (Michigan)
QB Kevin O'Connell (San Diego State)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (Auburn)
WR Matt Slater (UCLA)
LB Bo Ruud (Nebraska)

Check back for updates on minicamp throughout the weekend.

Check the archives for recent ascouting reports on the undrafted rookie free agents or the team's draft class

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