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Patriots claim WR Hamler off waivers

FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots claimed wide receiver Tony Hamler off waivers from the Miami Dolphins.

Hamler, 24, was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 8, 1999 and spent the remainder of the season with New England. He later signed with the Miami Dolphins on Feb. 22, 2000 but was released on June 15.

The 6-foot, 186-pound wide receiver originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie free agent on April 30, 1999. He spent the 1999 preseason with Arizona and recorded six catches for 59 yards and four kickoff returns for 91 yards (22.8 avg.). He was later released on Sept. 7, 1999.

He attended Morehouse College and caught 31 passes for 387 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season. He also recorded six kickoff returns for a 21.8-yard average and punted 49 times for a 37.3-yard average.

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