Rookie OT Fleming reports to Patriots

Rookie offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, the Patriots' fourth-round draft choice from Stanford, reported to the team Tuesday.

Fleming, who was able to come to town for an initial rookie minicamp after the draft, has been prohibited from participating in organized team activities because of NFL rules. Stanford has yet to hold graduation (it's this upcoming weekend) and prospects can't report to their teams until graduation or completing their final exams.

Fleming (6-foot-4 7/8, 323 pounds) was the lone rookie among the Patriots' nine draft picks in that situation. He missed the team's first seven organized team activities before arriving on Tuesday, the day the Patriots were holding their eighth OTA. He is now here for the duration.

"[He's a] big kid who played against a lot of good competition," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said at the draft. "They run the ball a lot [at Stanford] and they run a very conventional offense compares to what some of the offenses are in college football, so you can kind of see him do a lot of the things that we see in the National Football League."

Fleming's arrival comes at a good time for the Patriots, who are juggling a personnel shortage at offensive tackle as starters Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer aren't fully cleared at this point.