Patriots sign rookie WRs Ashford & Sims

The Patriots announced the signing of rookie free-agent receivers Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims today. Both are longshots for a roster spot.

Ashford, 22, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as a rookie free agent out of Northern Illinois on April 30, 2013 but was released by the Browns on May 30. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder, played in 48 games during his four collegiate seasons and finished with 110 receptions for 1,192 yards. He was also utilized as a kickoff returner during his career.

Sims, 23, played two seasons at Georgia Tech (2009-10) before transferring to Tennessee-Martin in 2011. The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder, had 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

ESPNBoston's projected Patriots WR depth chart (Day 1 of training camp)

Danny Amendola

Julian Edelman

Michael Jenkins

Kenbrell Thompkins

Aaron Dobson

Josh Boyce

Kamar Aiken

Matthew Slater (roster lock as special teams captain)

Lavelle Hawkins

Mark Harrison

Perez Ashford

Quentin Sims