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New England Patriots Signings: Patriots Sign Texas Lineman Hix

The New England Patriots added depth to their offensive line by signing offensive lineman Kyle Hix Tuesday morning.

Hix is out of Texas, where he played both left and right tackle during his four years. He stayed relatively healthy throughout his college career, with minor head and knee injuries only impacting his college career in his senior year. Hix started in nearly every game in his college career, only missing one start and leaving one game early. The Fort Worth, Texas native has a lot of physical upside, at a giant 6 foot 7 and 325 pounds.

Hix is being projected as a practice squad player who may need to move to guard to find a place on a team. His one knock is that he is not particularly flexible, according to the National Football Post:

"A tall, well-built offensive tackle, but isn't real flexible when asked to sit into his stance and struggles keeping his base down on his kick-slide. More of a waist bender who lacks a great first step when asked to reach the corner and tends to consistently lunge into blocks…really heavy footed when exposed in space and consistently struggles to handle any kind of speed/athleticism in the pass game."

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