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Patriots Sign CB LeQuan Lewis, Release TE Brandon Ford

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Cornerback LeQuan-Lewis (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Cornerback LeQuan-Lewis (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots made a pair of roster moves on Monday, signing cornerback LeQuan Lewis and releasing rookie free agent tight end Brandon Ford.

Lewis played in eight NFL games in 2012; three games on the Dallas Cowboys and five games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound corner originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Tennessee out of Arizona State in 2011. He was released by Tennessee following training camp and spent the season out of football.

After spending part of the 2012 offseason with Oakland, Lewis signed with the New York Jets in August. He spent time on the Jets practice squad before being signed to the Dallas 53-man roster, where he register one tackle in three games.

After being released by Dallas, Lewis rotated between the Tampa Bay practice squad and 53-man roster. In his five games with Tampa Bay he registering three tackles and one interception.

Lewis was signed by Chicago in February of 2013 but was released two months later.

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As for Ford, the 23-year-old was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Clemson in May. As the starting tight end for Clemson in 2012, Ford finished with 40 receptions for 480 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished his college career with 12 touchdowns, which tied a school record for most receiving touchdowns by a tight end.

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