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Patriots claim two rookie defensive linemen

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The Patriots moved on from defensive linemen Jerel Worthy and Tommy Kelly while making their way down to 53 players and they continued to show a taste for younger options up front on Sunday.

The team announced that they have claimed a pair of rookie defensive linemen off of waivers. Bruce Gaston was waived by the Cardinals after signing with them as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue, where he started 44 games and recorded seven sacks. Interestingly, Gaston was dropped by the Cardinals shortly after they signed Kelly to bolster their defensive line.

The Patriots also added Kelcy Quarles, who had 13 sacks in 35 games at South Carolina and was dropped by the Giants on their way to 53 players.

One of the roster spots needed for the new players was cleared when the Pats traded quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Texans, a move that the team officially confirmed on Sunday afternoon. They cleared the other one by releasing linebacker Chris White, who played all 16 regular season games for the Patriots as a special teamer last season.

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11 Responses to “Patriots claim two rookie defensive linemen”
  1. ampats says: Aug 31, 2014 4:49 PM

    Any Patriots fan knows that the 53rd player on the roster remains fluid as Belichick continues to shape his roster. I think he is not done.

  2. pats1944 says: Aug 31, 2014 5:10 PM

    The patriots cut tommy kelly because BB knew he would sign with the cards and they would have to cut this rookie to sign him…. BB is a genius

  3. irishlad19 says: Aug 31, 2014 5:14 PM

    Love watching the Dark Lord assemble his team off waivers. A Master at work.

  4. bcfalcon says: Aug 31, 2014 5:28 PM

    So now the pats have 4 linebackers total…

  5. vikesr4reel says: Aug 31, 2014 5:31 PM

    Welcome in the latest cheaters with the opposing teams play book he stole!

  6. stableinnh says: Aug 31, 2014 5:32 PM

    Wow…. we’re 4 posts deep into a Pats post, and the spygate trolls haven’t shown up yet…..Anyone got the number for the Guinness book people?

  7. vikesr4reel says: Aug 31, 2014 5:45 PM

    Just one more question colonel Jessup…
    If Bill is so smart and is such a genius, why would he have to cheat to win?
    Wouldn’t a genius know what the other team was going to do before they did?
    Well?????
    Answer the question…

  8. putinstolemyring says: Aug 31, 2014 6:00 PM

    Vikesr4reel, are you actually that stupid?

  9. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 31, 2014 6:01 PM

    Amazing this mastermind of a HC hasn’t won a SB in the last decade despite having one of the league’s best QBs.

  10. maurysline says: Aug 31, 2014 6:32 PM

    After watching Quarles in preseason I think NYG are going to regret letting this kid get away to the Patriots.

  11. revren10 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:04 PM

    Viking fans make me laugh. Zero Superbowls and they think they have a shot this year. Get ready for the Patriots to embarrass you September 14.

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