Patriots sign OL Derek Dennis

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Patriots sign OL Derek Dennis

FOXBORO -- Thursday morning the Patriots announced the signing of OL Derek Dennis.
Listed at 6-3, 325-pounds, Dennis is described as a "fluid" lineman who started for Temple at both guard and tackle. Considering how the Patriots have Sebastian Vollmer and Logan Mankins on PUP, and Dan Connolly missed practice Wednesday, the added depth should help the team get through camp at least.

Miami picked up Dennis as a free agent immediately after the 2012 draft. He was waived on the first day of training camp.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.