Patriots Re-sign WR Bam Childress

Bam Childress (Photo: PatriotsInsider.com)

The New England Patriots retained another of their own free agents Tuesday, by re-signing wide receiver Bam Childress. The exclusive rights free agent was the fourth receiver signed by the team in the off-season, and the third Patriots player to re-sign with the club.

Childress, 24, was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Ohio State in 2005. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound pass catcher was originally signed by the Patriots July 24, 2005. After spending most of the 2005 and 2006 seasons on the team's practice squad, Childress was activated at the end of the 2005 season and again in the beginning of the 2006 campaign. He has appeared in 2 games for the team over two seasons. His has been listed among the team's game day inactives for the other games he was on the team's 53-man roster.

In an effort to improve the talent level and the depth of the receiver corps, New England added free agents Donte Stallworth (Eagles), Wes Welker (Dolphins) and Kelley Washington (Bengals) to the roster.

Childress, one of the smaller receivers on the roster, displayed good hands catching the ball and can return kicks.

Brandon Bam Childress - Patriots training camp aug 2005 - in the bubble (Jon Scott / PatriotsInsider.com)

Instant Analysis: Childress will compete for a roster spot on the team. He has shown the ability to create separation from defenders using his quickness, but has also been jammed on the line by bigger defenders. His ability to make yards after the catch in open space is an allure that the team isn't ready to give up on yet. He has displayed explosiveness and the ability to make the difficult catch. While Childress may not break the starting lineup with the addition of Welker and Stallworth to the roster, he will provide solid camp competition.

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