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Patriots hang onto a pair of young defensive backs

Divisional Round - Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Chris Conley #17 of the Kansas City Chiefs loses the ball against Devin McCourty #32 and Justin Coleman #22 of the New England Patriots in the second half during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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The Patriots continue to fill in the blanks prior to the draft, hanging onto a pair of young players who grew into bigger roles for them last year.

Via Phil Perry of, the Patriots re-signed exclusive rights free agents Justin Coleman and Brandon King. As ERFAs can’t negotiate with other teams, there isn’t much more than filing paperwork when it comes to such deals.

Coleman became their third cornerback behind Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, playing in 11 games and getting extensive action in the playoffs. He was signed off the Seahawks practice squad prior to the home opener, and settled into a nice niche.

King was a contributor on special teams, making the team as an undrafted safety from Auburn.