Patriots add McLeod Bethel-Thompson, long snapper to practice squad

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After the Patriots set their initial 53-man roster over the weekend, head coach Bill Belichick said that there were still moves to be made when asked about the lack of a long snapper.

There still isn’t one on the active roster, but the Patriots have added a snapper to the practice squad. It’s Charley Hughlett, who spent part of the offseason with the Patriots before getting cut in May and spending the summer with the Jaguars.

The Patriots filled out eight of the other nine spots on the practice squad with players that spent camp with them in 2014. The lone exception is quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was with the 49ers this summer and spent time as the third quarterback for the Vikings earlier in his career. With Ryan Mallett traded to Houston, he becomes the third quarterback in the organization.

Wide receiver Josh Boyce cleared waivers and the 2013 fourth-round pick returned to the fold along with defensive end Jake Bequette, linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Chris Martin, defensive lineman Deonate Skinner and defensive back Daxton Swanson.