FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced that they have re-signed rookie linebacker D.J. Lynch. In addition, the Patriots placed WR Brandon Gibson on injured reserve.
Lynch, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Bowling Green on June 11, 2015 and released on Aug. 1, 2015. The 6-foot, 252-pounder, played in 48 games with 26 starts at Bowling Green and finished with 230 total tackles. He had his best season as a junior in 2013 when he started all 14 games and was named All-MAC after finishing with a team-high of 83 total tackles.
Gibson, 28, is a veteran of six NFL seasons with Philadelphia (2009), St. Louis (2009-12) and Miami (2013-14). The 6-foot, 210-pounder, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 11, 2015. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (194th overall) by Philadelphia in 2009 out of Washington State. He has played in 76 NFL games with 46 starts and has registered 233 receptions for 2,711 yards and 13 touchdowns. Last season, Gibson played in 14 games with five starts for Miami and caught 29 passes for 295 yards and one touchdown. He was released by Miami on Feb. 27, 2015.