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Patriots re-sign TE D.J. Williams; TE Rob Gronkowski placed on injured reserve

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Chris Harper, WR -- Every summer an undrafted player utilizes preseason success to steal a roster spot. Harper has been very impressive through two weeks of action as both a receiver and a returner. Maybe with the depth issues at receiver the youngster can even get some reps working with Tom Brady as he continues to battle to stick around once September comes.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have re-signed TE D.J. Williams. Williams was signed by the Patriots on Nov. 27 and saw limited action in the win last Sunday at Houston. He was released by the Patriots on Dec. 4.

In addition, the Patriots placed TE Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday's win against the Cleveland Browns.

Williams, 25, played in seven games with one start for Jacksonville this season before being released by the Jaguars on Nov. 4. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick (101st overall) by Green Bay out of Arkansas in 2011. Williams was waived by Green Bay on Aug. 31, 2013, and claimed off waivers and awarded to Jacksonville on Sept. 1, 2013. He has played in 34 NFL games with three starts and has nine receptions for 70 yards.

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