FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots made a back-end roster move on Monday involving two players with New England college football ties, signing former New Hampshire tight end Kyle Auffray and releasing Maine receiver Derrick Johnson.
The 27-year-old Auffray (6-5, 254) entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent last year with the Cardinals, spending a little more than two months with the team before he was released leading into training camp. He began his college career as a quarterback at Mississppi State in 2006-2007 before transferring to UNH, where he played in 16 games over two seasons. As a senior in 2010, he totaled four receptions for 34 yards and also was the team's punter.
As for the 22-year-old Johnson, he was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 19 after leading the Black Bears with 60 receptions for 608 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.