Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Patriots sign a few to practice squad, drop Thigpen


The New England Patriots announced Tuesday they have signed linebacker Darius Fleming, offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann and defensive lineman Kona Schwenke to the practice squad.

Fleming was released by the Patriots last Saturday.

In corresponding moves, the Patriots released defensive lineman Cameron Henderson and running back Marcus Thigpen from the practice squad.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Fleming was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round in 2012 out of Notre Dame. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons on injured reserve with a knee injury and was released by the 49ers in May. Fleming was inactive for the season-opener at Miami.

Hauptmann, 23, originally signed with the Cleveland Browns as a rookie free agent out of Florida International last April. The 6-3, 300-pounder was released by Cleveland at the end of training camp and was signed to the practice squad. He spent some time with the Seattle Seahawks, then again with the Browns before being released earlier this month.

The 22-year-old Schwenke originally was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame in May. The 6-foot-4, 297-pounder, was released at the end of last week.

Henderson, 24, signed to New England's practice squad last week. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Atlanta Falcons last April out of Central Florida. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder spend time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad and in training camp this summer but was released at the end of August.

Thigpen, a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2012-13), was signed by New England to the practice squad at the beginning of September. The 28-year-old 5-9, 200-pounder spent some time in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2009-11 before signing with Miami in 2012.

In two NFL seasons, he has played in 32 games and has returned 77 kickoffs for 1,910 yards and one touchdown and returned 60 punts for 580 yards and one touchdown. In addition, he has seven rushing attempts for 26 yards and nine receptions for 112 yards with one touchdown. He was released by Miami in August.

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