May 12, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Former East Carolina football players Lee Pegues and Justin Jones have both signed undrafted free agent contracts with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots, respectively, according to confirmations from the National Football League organizations.
Pegues and Jones will participate in their team's rookie mini-camps this weekend.
A two-time All-Conference USA selection as the Pirates' starting boundary end, Pegues completed a collegiate career last December that included action in 43 games, three bowl appearances and a total of 102 tackles. He was also credited with 13.0 stops that resulted in lost yardage, including 5.5 sacks, while opening 27 contests.
He recorded 29 tackles as a senior in 2013 and added a career-best 7.0 TFLs to help lead ECU to a 10-3 mark, its second-highest win total in school history. In addition to standing among the top 20 C-USA sack producers with 4.5, Pegues also played a key role in the Pirates' No. 13 national rush defense ranking by collecting over 75 percent of his stops on running plays.
Jones had 52 receptions for 598 yards in 32 combined games as a freshman, sophomore and junior tight end and inside receiver at East Carolina. Despite being selected to various media preseason All-Conference USA squads as a senior, he was declared ineligible on Aug. 21 and did not experience any action in 2013.
A 13-game, 25-catch, 346-yard effort as a junior marked Jones' top season as a Pirate. Prior to only playing in six contests during an injury-slowed campaign in 2011, he opened his ECU career with 21 receptions for 211 yards and a personal-best five TDs as a freshman a year earlier.