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Patriots re-sign Kasper, release Lowe

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Kevin Kasper today. The team subsequently announced the release of defensive back Omare Lowe.

Kasper, 25, signed with the Patriots as a free agent on Oct. 6, 2004. He appeared in the next six games, contributing mostly on special teams. He was waived last Saturday when the team signed defensive back Omare Lowe off their practice squad. Kasper, a 6-foot-1-inch, 202-pound wide receiver, was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL draft. He started four of the 10 games he appeared in for the Broncos as a rookie. In his first three seasons, he appeared in 30 games for three different teams (Denver, Seattle and Arizona), starting eight of those games at wide receiver. The fourth-year veteran has 24 career receptions for 297 yards and three touchdowns. He also has a career average of 24.3 yards on 76 kickoff returns (1848 yards), including two returns for 40 yards with the Patriots this season.

Lowe, 26, was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2002 NFL draft. The 6-foot-1-inch, 195-pounder was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Nov. 16, 2004 and to the active roster 11 days later. He saw limited playing time in the game Sunday against the Ravens.

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