Patriots Sign Undrafted Rookie Cornerback Justin Green, Who Began Career at Illinois as Running Back

Raheem Mostert, Justin GreenThe Patriots have filled one of two open roster spots.

New England signed undrafted rookie cornerback Justin Green on Sunday. The Illinois defender worked out with the team on Thursday, according to a source.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound corner began his career with the Illini as a running back before moving over to the defensive side of the ball two weeks before the 2010 season. Green started 29 games for Illinois during his four-year career. He played 12 games as a senior, starting 11. He recorded six passes defended and 36 tackles.

Green ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at Illinois’ pro day. He’s now the fourth former Illini on the Patriots’ roster, joining second-year safety Tavon Wilson, rookie defensive end Michael Buchanan and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.

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