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The secondary of the Patriots is getting some depth back. Devin Hafford, a defensive back who had previously signed with New England as an undrafted free agent, was formally re-signed on Sunday.

Hafford competed in college ball for Tarleton State, a Division I FCS school in Stephenville, Texas, that is a part of the Western Athletic Conference. On May 9, the Patriots signed undrafted rookie Hafford, but on May 16, they released him.

What happened to Devin Hafford?

During his senior year in 2019, Hafford sustained a season-ending injury and was granted a medical hardship waiver. He thus returned for a senior year with a redshirt in 2020 and a full senior year in 2021.

After recording six interceptions, 13 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, 50 total tackles, and a remarkable comeback, he was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year. The Associated Press also selected him for the FCS All-American second team.

Before entering his senior year, Hafford was an outstanding college athlete, earning a spot on the second team of All-Americans. He was also a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which is presented each year to the top defensive player from a small institution in the country.

Hafford spent time with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the recently established United States Football League in between his two stays with the Patriots (USFL).