Jul 30, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Marquice Cole (23) defends wide receiver Josh Boyce (82) on a play during training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Finalize Practice Squad, Claim S Don Jones Off Of Waivers

The New England Patriots completed their 10-man practice squad yesterday, signing a few key guys to fill out what is a solid group. Here is the 10 guys the Patriots have signed:

  • DE Jake Bequette
  • WR Josh Boyce
  • LB Ja’Gared Davis
  • CB Daxton Swanson
  • OL Chris Martin
  • LB Deontae Skinner
  • RB Jonas Gray
  • QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
  • S Kanorris Davis
  • LS Charley Hughlett

Josh Boyce being included on this squad is my biggest takeaway from this, as the Patas managed to retain a top talent on the outside. Boyce is a former fourth-round draft pick, who has flashed an ability to pull off an explosive play or two. By stashing him on the practice squad, the Patriots can now develop Boyce further, until he could possibly make an appearance on the starting offense.

Aside from that, it is interesting that the Pats currently have a long-snapper on the practice squad, but not on the active roster. I have a feeling that this will change in the coming days.

And finally, as I indicated above, the team has claimed safety Don Jones off of waivers, while also releasing offensive lineman Chris Barker. New England has an extremely fluid safety group (aside from Devin McCourty), as the strong safety spot is far from sealed up. I doubt Jones will leap over Duron Harmon or Patrick Chung on the depth chart, but it is interesting to see the Pats claim a safety at this point. It is also worth noting that Jones spent the 2013 season with Miami, who the Patriots play this weekend.

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