FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots announced that they have claimed tight end Jermaine Wiggins off of waivers from the New York Jets today. The Boston native was a prep standout at East Boston High School, where he earned all-city and all-league honors.
Wiggins, 25, played in 11 games this season with the Jets and caught two passes for four yards, including one touchdown. His touchdown for the Jets came on a 1-yard reception from Vinny Testaverde in the "Miracle at the Meadowlands" come-from-behind overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 23, 2000. His touchdown pulled the Jets to within 10, 30-20, in the fourth quarter. The Jets went on to claim a 40-37 victory in overtime. The 6-foot-2-inch, 255-pound tight end was originally signed as rookie free agent by the New York Jets on April 19, 1999. He was released prior to the start of the season, but was re-signed to the Jets practice squad.
The East Boston High product originally attended Marshall, where he caught 58 passes for 681 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons. He transferred to Georgia for his final two seasons, where he played in 21 games, caught 33 passes for 404 yards and scored three touchdowns.
With today's signing, the Patriots now report 53 players on their active roster and five players on their practice squad.