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Patriots release first-year WR Greg Orton; sign two free agents
In addition, the Patriots signed second-year wide receiver Brian Tyms and rookie wide receiver Cole Stanford.
Orton, 28, was originally signed to the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 31, 2013, released by the team on May 22, 2014, and re-signed on July 23. The 6-foot-3, 199-pounder spent part of 2011 and all of 2012 on the Denver practice squad and went to training camp with Denver in 2013. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals out of Purdue in 2009. Orton had stints with the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock and the United Football League’s Omaha Knights before joining the Denver practice squad.
Stanford, 23, is a rookie wide receiver from Cal Poly who originally played linebacker and converted to offense after his freshman season. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder rushed 54 times for 314 yards and one touchdown and caught 43 passes for 891 yards and eight touchdowns during his college career.