FOXBORO – The New England Patriots signed safety Kyle Dugger, their top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Terms were not announced.
New England selected Dugger, who played at Lenoir-Rhyne, in the second round with the No. 37 overall selection. They did not have a first-round pick.
His signing means the Patriots have their entire 2020 draft class — 10 players — under contract. ESPN reported that New England is the first team to sign all of its draft picks.
Dugger was the first Lenoir-Rhyne player drafted since 2000. Limited to just seven games in 2019 because of a hand injury, he was a second-team Division II All-American after recording 31 tackles (one for loss), two interceptions and four pass breakups. As a punt returner, he averaged 14.6 yards on 12 returns and scored two touchdowns.
Also Wednesday, safety Patrick Chung agreed to a two-year extension with the club, according to multiple reports.
The extension would keep Chung, 32, signed through 2023. He received an extra $1.6 million in 2020 as part of the extension, NFL Network reported, pushing his total compensation to $5 million for the upcoming season.
–Field Level Media