Sep 21, 2013; Evanston, IL, USA; Maine Black Bears wide receiver Derrick Johnson (8) is tackled by Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Collin Ellis (45) and cornerback Nick VanHoose (23) during the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots ink former Maine receiver Johnson

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The New England Patriots bolstered their offensive depth on Sunday, signing undrafted rookie free agent Derrick Johnson.

Johnson, who played wide receiver at the University of Maine, was not selected during the draft after turning in a 60 catch campaign this past season. He also hauled in a pair of touchdowns.

New England now has 11 receivers under contract, but none perhaps as fast as Johnson.

The ex-Blackbear is an absolute burner. Johsnon’s 40 time checks in just around 4.3. His speed will be valuable, as it’s a hot commodity across the league, if he makes the squad.

The speedster checks in at 5-foot-10 and weighs 186 pounds.

With a receiving corps that’s wide open aside from veterans Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, Johnson could make a significant impression by performing well in the upcoming rookie mini-camp.

The Patriots also have second year pass-catchers Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce looking to make an impact. They selected Michigan product Jeremy Gallon in the seventh round of this year’s draft as well.

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