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Patriots re-sign TE Stephen Spach; Release TE Pociask

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots re-signed tight end Stephen Spach today. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Additionally, the Patriots released tight end Jason Pociask, signed punter Reggie Hodges to the practice squad and released tight end Tyson DeVree from the practice squad.

Spach (pronounced SPOCK), 25, is in his third NFL season and played in 16 games with one start for the Philadelphia Eagles (2005) and New England Patriots (2007). The 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound tight end was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Dec. 13, 2007 and played in three games for New England in 2007. For his career, Spach has totaled seven receptions for 42 yards. He was released by the Patriots on Sept. 1, 2008. Spach will wear number 82 for the Patriots.

Pociask (pronounced POE-zee-ack), 25, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots from the New York Jets on Sept. 1, 2008. He has appeared in four career NFL games, all with the Jets in 2007. The 6-foot-2-inch, 259-pound tight end was originally selected by the Jets in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. After spending the entire 2006 season on injured reserve, Pociask appeared in four games last season and recorded one reception for seven yards.

Hodges, 26, has played in eight career games with the St. Louis Rams (2005) and the Philadelphia Eagles (2005). The 6-foot, 226-pound punter has recorded 41 career punts for 1,535 yards (37.4 avg.), two touchbacks and nine punts inside the 20-yard line. He was originally sleeved by the Rams in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Ball State. As a rookie, Hodges played in five games with the Rams before being released on Oct. 10, 2005. He was signed by the Eagles on Nov. 2, 2005 and played in three games before being released on Nov. 22, 2005. He spent time with the Eagles and Colts during the 2006 preseason, but was released by Indianapolis prior to the regular season. In 2007, he spent the preseason with the Colts before being released prior to the regular season. This season, he spent training camp with the Seattle Seahawks before being released on Aug. 31, 2008.

DeVree, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 5, 2008 and was released by the Patriots on June 11, 2008 before being re-signed by the Patriots on Aug. 19, 2008 and released on Aug. 30, 2008. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1, 2008. DeVree finished his college career at the University of Colorado (2006-07) after transferring from Western Michigan (2003-04) after his sophomore year. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound tight end played in 44 collegiate games making 96 receptions for 987 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns.

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