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4. Jalen Saunders and DaVaris Daniels were acquired
One of the first things the Patriots did on Tuesday was trade a conditional pick to the New Orleans Saints for wideout and return specialist Jalen Saunders. For more on the Saunders trade, read this.
Later in the day, the Patriots nabbed wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, who had been cut by the Minnesota Vikings a few days prior. Daniels entered the NFL this spring as an undrafted free agent, hanging around Minnesota and catching a single pass for six yards in preseason play this summer.
According to NESN.com’s Doug Kyed, Daniels ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash during his pro day. At 6-foot-1 and very athletic, Daniels is an interesting prospect. He probably won’t make the 53-man roster, but if the Patriots think he offers more upside than, say, Aaron Dobson, he could hang around the practice squad.
At this point, Saunders has a better shot at making the final roster because of his kick returning prowess. That’s an area of special teams in which the Patriots really must improve, and if Saunders displays that ability in the final preseason game against the Giants, he could squeeze his way onto the game-day roster in Week 1.
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