Kent State OL Kline in the fold

Kent State offensive lineman Josh Kline has signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent, according to the school.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Kline played left guard and left tackle for the Golden Flashes, and crossed paths with current Patriots receiver Julian Edelman for one season at Kent State (2008).

The school noted that Kline had a private workout for the Patriots after Kent State's Pro Day.

The Patriots didn't draft an offensive lineman this year, and have focused on the position in free agency. In addition to Kline, Penn State center Matt Stankiewitch has agreed to terms with the Patriots, according to a source.

Kline faces longer odds for a roster spot, but given the way the Patriots have utilized the practice squad in the past to develop young blockers, his inclusion in the team's program is notable.