Pats make series of moves

Posted on September 25, 2007 
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The Patriots have just announced a series of roster moves — they’ve signed cornerback Antwain Spann to the practice squad, released cornerback Gemara Williams from the practice squad and placed tight end Jason Rader on the practice squad reserve/injured list.

Spann, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Jan. 19, 2006. Last season, he was signed from the Patriots practice squad to the active roster on three occasions and saw action in eight games. The 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback notched six special teams tackles on coverage units in 2006. The Louisiana-Lafayette product was released by the Patriots on July 19, 2007.

Williams, 24, was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 8, 2006. The 5-foot-8-inch, 185-pound defensive back was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 2, 2006 and missed his rookie season due to injury. Williams attended the University of Buffalo, where his 39 career passes defensed set a school record. He was released by the Patriots on Aug. 18, 2007, and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 12, 2007.

Rader, 26, was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 3, 2007. The 6-foot-4-inch, 260-pound tight end has played in five career NFL games — all with the Miami Dolphins in 2006. Rader was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall in 2004. He was waived by Atlanta prior to the 2004 regular season and was signed by the Dolphins on June 13, 2005. He spent eight weeks of the 2005 season on Miami’s practice squad. Last season, Rader split time between Miami’s active roster and practice squad and appeared in five games. He played for the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe League in the spring of 2005.

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