New England Patriots news: Recapping a busy Tuesday

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2. DeAndre Carter signed to practice squad

Largely an unknown entity, Carter is an 5-foot-8 undrafted rookie out of Sacremento State who has bounced around the league this year. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in early May and put together a solid preseason, leading some to believe that he could latch on wearing purple. But alas, Carter didn’t survive the first round of cuts in Baltimore, failing to earn the return job.

A few weeks after the Ravens gave him the chop, Carter signed to the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad to help fill the void left by the departure of Brice Butler. After spending two and a half months practicing with the Raiders, Carter was released earlier this month, and he’s been on the couch since.

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In addition to intrigue as a wideout, the Patriots took a flyer on Carter as another option in the return game. Should injuries strike the likes of Keshawn Martin, Damaris Johnson or Danny Amendola, Carter might hear his name get called up.

To make room for Ball and Carter on the practice squad, the Patriots released wide receiver Austin Hill and defensive lineman DL Kelcy Quarles.

Of the four news events that took place on Tuesday, however, the signing of Carter is the least pressing. Certainly less so than the subject of the following slide…

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