WR Holley, TE Urban in fold

The Patriots signed receiver/special teamer Jesse Holley, who played the last two seasons with the Cowboys, as well as rookie tight end Tyler Urban, the club announced.

The Patriots' receiver ranks have been thinned in recent weeks with the release of Anthony Gonzalez and Chad Ochocinco. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Holley played in 28 regular-season games over the last two years, totaling seven receptions for 169 yards.

Holley, who played in college at North Carolina, first entered the NFL as a free agent with the Bengals in 2007. He was out of football in 2008 and then was awarded the final spot on the 2009 Dallas training camp roster after finishing as the winning contestant on former Cowboy Michael Irvin's national broadcast reality television show, "4th and Long." Holley spent the entire 2009 season and the first part of the 2010 season on the Dallas practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster.

Urban, 22, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Tampa Bay out of West Virginia on April 30, 2012.

Urban was released by Tampa Bay on May 17, 2012. The 6-foot-5, 249-pounder played as a wide receiver and tight end during his college career and accumulated 37 receptions for 429 yards and five touchdowns.

The Patriots have had a shortage at the position, with Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells and rookie Brad Herman all missing practice time.

The Patriots also announced the signing of offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll, which colleague Mike Rodak reported last Friday.