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Patriots claim safety Barrett off waivers

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have claimed third year safety Josh Barrett off waivers from the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos had waived Barrett with the intention of placing him on season-ending injured reserved, as Barrett was scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery.

Barrett entered the league as a seventh-round draft choice of the Broncos and his primary contributions have come on special teams. As a rookie in Denver, he was coached by current Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien.

In a corresponding roster move to make room for Barrett, the Patriots announced the release of running back Thomas Clayton. Clayton was considered a long shot to make the roster, and had been sidelined for 11 of the team’s training camp practices with an undisclosed injury before being released.

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