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Patriots release three, sign one

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  June 11, 2010 04:32 PM

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New England has announced the signing of running back Thomas Clayton, a sixth-round pick of the 49ers in 2007 out of Kansas State. Listed at 5-foot-11, 222 pounds, he spent all of 2007 and most of 2008 on San Francisco's practice squad and missed all of 2009 on injured reserve.

At the same time, the team has released a trio of players: receiver Bryan Anderson (pictured, left), punter David King and quarterback Mike Teel.

Teel was claimed off waivers on May 24 after being released by Seattle; the Seahawks drafted the former Rutgers starter late in the 2009 draft. It is a bit of a surprise to have him released already.

The 6-foot-5 Anderson was an undrafted rookie this year out of Central Michigan; he struggled to catch the ball at times, particularly during rookie mini-camp. King was a former semi-profession Aussie rules football player who learned how to punt at camps in the American southwest. He spent much of the time at recent OTA workouts shagging for Stephen Gostkowski's kicks while rookie punter Zoltan Mesko held.

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