Tuesday Afternoon Patriots Notes - UDFA Signings, Quotes

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July 26, 2011 at 01:28pm ET

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It's been quite a morning so far, with more news continuing to come out but here's what we've seen so far.

Wes Welker is glad to finally be back to work. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
The Patriots have already been active adding undrafted free agents to their roster.  According to NEPatriotsDraft.com they've added Corey Woods (OT, Akron), Jeremy Ross (WR/KR, Cal), Alex Silvestro (DE, Rutgers), Jeff Tarpinian (LB, Iowa), Kyle Hix (OT, Texas), Mike Berry (OL, Auburn), Will Yeatman (TE, Maryland), Ryan Coulson (DE, Nevada) and Clay Nurse (DE, Illinois).

They've also reportedly parted ways with linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, with Adam Schefter reporting that the team has decided to release him - just days after it was reported that he had undergone abdominal surgery.

Banta-Cain reportedly texted Tom Curran of CSNNE, telling him, "It was a fun ride. Countless memories of New England for life. Thanks for everything. TBC"

Players have arrived at the stadium, with Darnell Jenkins as the first player reportedly to walk through the doors at Gillette.  Of the morning interviews, Wes Welker has the best quotes of the day so far, telling Christopher Price of WEEI.com and other reporters he's glad to be back to work and having a paycheck again.
"At this time of year, money starts running low and everything like that, so it's nice to start getting paychecks again," joked Welker.

"I know everybody is excited. The fans are excited, and the players are just as excited. We're ready to get out there and play."

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that it's unknown yet if we'll see Logan Mankins at Gillette Stadium.  His agent, Frank Bauer told him, "We'll see."   Rapoport tweeted that with labor deal just happening, Mankins needs to sort it out.

In other news former Boston College star Mark Herzlich has made it to the NFL, with the New York Giants giving him an opportunity.  From the sounds of things it appears he had other suiters, but he announced his decision on Twitter a little while ago.
"Decision is made I will be a #GIANT can't wait to get to #NYC. Thank you for everything."

"The support is unbelievable. Keep it coming cannot wait to be a #giant. Trying to find Giants gear in Philly #almostimpossible"

That's it for now, we'll have more later on.