Patriots reportedly sign undrafted WR from URI to 90-man roster


The Patriots have started the 2023 season on the right foot

For those who thought the Patriots needed to address their wide receiver room this season, Monday’s news should come as a pleasant surprise. Same for those who love a story of a local kid’s success story.

According to reports the Patriots have signed Ed Lee, wide receiver from the University of Rhode Island, to the 90-man roster. Lee was invited to rookie minicamp back in May, where he must have made a positive impression, thus earning the opportunity to compete for a spot on the 53-man active roster this summer.

The rare six-year player, Lee had his best season in 2022 for the Rams, racking up over 900 yards and six TDs.

Not a complete burner, and not a big target, Lee is athletic and has quickness and agility as his assets, not to mention a high compete level, to offer. Now he gets to make the most of his opportunity, joining rookie receivers Kayshon Boutte out of LSU and DeMario Douglas from Liberty, both drafted in the sixth round, as well as fellow undrafted free agent Malik Cunningham, a converted QB from Louisville, in competition for a spot on the Pats.

Some will complain that this is a very Patriots approach, looking in the bargain bin for top end receiver talent. But it’s worked several times before, so why not try again?

Lee should be present for OTAs, which resume Tuesday. The Patriots have one remaining open roster spot on the 90-man squad.

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