FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –The New England Patriots announced that they have signed seven players from the 2015 practice squad to future contracts. In addition, the Patriots signed LB James Vaughters to a future contract.
OL Chris Barker, WR DeAndre Carter, RB Joey Iosefa, DB Rashaan Melvin, OL Keavon Milton, S Cedric Thompson and DB Brock Vereen all finished the season on the New England practice squad.
Vaughters, 22, was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as a rookie free agent out of Stanford on May 8, 2015. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder, spent the first month of last season on the Green Bay practice squad. He played in 54 games with 18 starts and tallied 119 total tackles and 12½ sacks during his college career.