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Patriots Re-Sign RB Kenjon Barner; Make Practice Squad Moves

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have re-signed RB Kenjon Barner.

In addition, the Patriots have signed DL Frank Herron and LB Calvin Munson to the practice squad and released DL Vincent Valentine and RB Ralph Webb from the practice squad.

Barner, 29, is in his third stint on the New England 53-man roster. He was most recently released from the team on Oct. 4, 2018. Barner saw action in the Patriots win vs. Miami in Sept. 30, and finished with three rushing attempts for 11 yards. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. Barner was most recently with the Carolina Panthers through training camp this summer and has also had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. He has appeared in 45 regular-season games with one start and totaled 80 rushing attempts for 328 yards with three touchdowns and 21 receptions for 127 yards. He has also returned 30 punts for 259 yards and 22 kickoffs for 498 yards. Barner has appeared in four postseason contests as a reserve and tallied one punt return for 10 yards and five kickoffs for 115 yards.

Herron, 24, was signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Louisiana State on May 11, 2018. The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31, signed by Seattle to the practice squad on Sept. 3 and released by Seattle on Sept. 11.

Munson, 23, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent out of San Diego State with the New York Giants last season. The 6-foot, 243-pounder made the Giants 53-man roster and played in 14 games with five starts, finishing with 35 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Munson was released by the Giants on Sept. 1, 2018, and spent time this season on the Giants practice squad.

Valentine, 24, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick (96th overall) by New England out of Nebraska in the 2016 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder appeared in 13 regular-season games with two starts as a rookie and tallied 19 tackles and one sack. Valentine also appeared in all three postseason contests as a reserve and posted two tackles. He began the 2017 season on the 53-man roster and was inactive for the first two games before being placed on injured reserve on Sept. 22, 2017. He was released at the end of training camp this year and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2.

Webb, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out Vanderbilt on May 11, 2018. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder, was released by the Patriots on the final cut-down and then signed to the New England practice squad on Sept. 2. He started all 49 games during his college career and is the school’s all-time leading rusher.

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