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Patriots sign WR Owens and TE Butler

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick announced prior to the start of this mornings practice that the Patriots have filled out their 80-man roster by signing wide receiver Rod Owens and tight end Carson Butler. It may just be a coincidence, but it certainly is ironic that after all of the talk about wanting to play for the Patriots from a certain wide receiver named Owens this offseason the Patriots went out and signed a wide receiver by the same name.

Both Owens and Butler are longshots to make the roster, but add critical depth at a time in training camp as the Patriots have been short-handed. The team had 67 players on the field for Sunday afternoon’s practice, a low number for this time of camp.

The 6-foot, 183-pound Owens, played at Florida State, and will wear jersey No. 15. He was not selected in April’s draft after leading the Seminoles with 61 receptions for 729 yards and 3 touchdowns last season.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Butler, a Michigan product, will wear No. 86. He has bounced around the NFL after entering the league as a rookie free agent in 2009.

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