Patriots sign Kyle Auffray, cut Derrick Johnson

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The New England Patriots signed tight end Kyle Auffray, cutting wide receiver Derrick Johnson.

Auffray, 27, was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie free agent last year out of New Hampshire but was released by the team in July.

The 6-foot-5, 254-pounder began his collegiate career at Mississippi State as a quarterback but did not see any game action. He transferred to New Hampshire where he played in 16 games over two seasons.

Auffray played in 13 games with seven starts as a senior in 2010 and caught four passes for 34 yards. He also handled punting duties for New Hampshire as a senior, finishing with 71 punts for a 37.7-yards per punt average.

Johnson was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent in May out of Maine. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder caught 60 passes for 608 yards and two touchdowns last season, finishing his career with 116 receptions for 1,165 yards and four touchdowns.

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