Pats Acquire a Receiver, Claim Lineman, Cut Carpenter and Sign Practice Squad

Ken Bell

kbell@ac6.com

 

Patriots news release…

PATRIOTS ACQUIRE WR GREG SALAS; CLAIM OL MATT TENNANT;

SIGN SEVEN TO THE PRACTICE SQUAD; RELEASE LB BOBBY CARPENTER

 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.
– The New England Patriots acquired WR Greg Salas in a trade with St.
Louis for an undisclosed future draft pick, claimed OL Matt Tennant off
waivers from New Orleans and released veteran LB Bobby Carpenter.

     
In addition, the Patriots announced today the signing of seven players
to the practice squad: OL Thomas Austin, FB Eric Kettani, WR Sam
Kirkland, OL Matt Kopa, TE Alex Silvestro, LB Jeff Tarpinian and DB
Malcolm Williams.

   Salas, 24, was drafted by St. Louis in the fourth round (112th
overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Hawaii. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder
played in six games for the Rams last season and finished with 27
receptions for 269 yards. His season was limited to six games due to a
leg injury.

   Tennant,
25, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints. The
6-foot-4, 300-pounder was drafted by the Saints in the fifth round (158th
overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Boston College. He has played in
28 NFL games as the Saints primary backup at center and guard. Last
season, he played in 12 regular season games and both postseason games.
Tennant was released by the Saints on Aug. 31, 2012.

   Carpenter,
29, is a veteran of six NFL seasons with Dallas (2006-09), Miami (2010)
and Detroit (2010-11). He joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free
agent from Detroit on April 5, 2012. The 6-2, 250-pounder was originally
drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 NFL
Draft by Dallas out of Ohio State. He has played in 89 NFL games with 10
starts and has accumulated 165 total tackles, one interception that he
returned for a touchdown, 3.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one fumble
recovery.  Last season, Carpenter played in 16 games with three starts
for the Lions and recorded 29 total tackles and his first career
interception at Dallas on Oct. 2 and returned it 34 yards for a
touchdown.

 

2012 PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS

   Austin,
25, was originally signed by Minnesota as a rookie free agent on April
24, 2010 out of Clemson. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder was waived by
Minnesota on Sept. 4, 2010 and joined the New England practice squad on
Sept. 29, 2010. He was released by the Patriots prior to the start of
the regular season last year and claimed off waivers by Houston, where
he played in three games. Austin was released by Houston on Aug. 26,
2012.

   Kettani,
25, spent the first month of the 2011 season on the New England
practice squad before being released on Oct. 7 due to his military
commitment. Kettani,
5-11, 235 pounds, originally was signed by the Patriots as a rookie
free agent on May 4, 2009 out of Navy and was placed on the reserve
military list on July 23, 2009. He was activated from the reserve
military list on July 28, 2011. After being released after training camp
last summer, Kettani was signed to the practice squad.

   Kirkland,
23, went to training camp with Washington after joining the team as a
rookie free agent out of Kent State. The 6-foot, 190-pounder was
released by the Redskins on Aug. 27, 2012. He finished his college
career with 113 receptions for 1,103 yards and 1,856 all-purpose yards.


 

   Kopa,
25, spent the 2011 season on the New England practice squad after being
released by the Miami Dolphins after training camp. Originally signed
by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent out of Stanford on
June 8, 2010, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive lineman started the year
on the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster by Miami
on Nov. 9, 2010. He was inactive for the final eight games with the
Dolphins. 

   Silvestro,
23, originally joined the Patriots a rookie free agent defensive
lineman from Rutgers in 2011. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder, spent the
majority of his rookie season on the New England practice squad. He was
signed to the 53-man roster prior to the Patriots game vs. Miami and
played in a reserve role, finishing with two total tackles. Silvestro
returned to the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster
the day before the Super Bowl. He was active but did not play in the
game. Silvestro converted to tight end in the offseason.

   Tarpinian,
24, made the New England 53-man roster last season after joining the
team as a rookie free agent out of Iowa. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder
played in seven games with one start and finished with four defensive
tackles and eight special teams tackles. He was placed on injured
reserve with a head injury on Nov. 24, 2011.

   Williams, 24, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 219th
selection overall. Williams, 5-11, 200 pounds, originally signed with
Oklahoma but ended up at Trinity Community College before going to Texas
Christian University for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He rotated between
the 53-man roster and the practice squad following his original release
after training camp. Williams played in two regular season games and all
three postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVI.

 

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