FOXBORO, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed first-year linebacker Antico Dalton to the practice squad today. In addition, the team also announced that they have waived third-year fullback Chris Floyd.
Dalton, 24, was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL draft. The Hampton product played in two games as a rookie, seeing playing time on special teams. He was inactive for three other games. In Week 6, he was released and re-signed to the Vikings practice squad, where he spent the remainder of his rookie campaign. The 6-foot-1-inch, 240-pound linebacker was released by the Vikings on Aug. 27, prior to the start of the regular season.
Floyd, 25, was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft. He played in 11 games this season, mostly on special teams, and was credited with two carries for –2 yards and one reception for 21 yards. In three seasons, he played in 40 games, including two starts, rushed 14 times for 32 yards and caught four passes for 43 yards. He recorded 16 special teams tackles as a rookie in 1998 and added five in each of the past two seasons.
With today's transactions, the Patriots now report 52 players on their active roster and five players on the team's practice squad.