Jake Bequette among nine signed for 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed nine practice-squad players to contracts for 2015, a group including 2013 third-round draft choice Jake Bequette, a defensive end from Arkansas.

In addition to Bequette, guards Chris Barker and Caylin Hauptmann; quarterback Garrett Gilbert; defensive backs Justin Green and Dax Swanson; wide receiver Jonathan Krause; and linebackers Eric Martin and Deontae Skinner were signed.

These moves were expected and couldn't be consummated until the end of the Patriots' playoff run.

Rosters will expand to 90 players by the start of the 2015 league year on March 10, and that's when these contracts will go into effect.