Sunday, September 1, 2013

Patriots scoop up some of Dolphins' scraps


Two of the players the Miami Dolphins cut on Saturday are staying in the AFC East.

According to ESPN reports, the New England Patriots claimed defensive tackle A.J. Francis and offensive lineman Chris Barker off waivers, giving both a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

Francis was among the most notable of the Dolphins' cuts after having a productive preseason. The undrafted rookie from Maryland recorded six quarterback pressures in 71 pass rushing snaps in Miami's five preseason games, according to Pro Football Focus.

Barker played guard during the preseason, allowing three pressures. He was an undrafted free agent from the University of Nevada.

New England also claimed offensive lineman Braxton Cave off waivers from the Cleveland Browns and linebacker Chris White, who spent most of training camp with the Buffalo Bills, off waivers from the Detroit Lions.

To make room for the additions, the Patriots released kick returner Leon Washington and cornerback Marquice Cole. The team had two open roster spots after Saturday's cuts.

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