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Patriots sign rookie S Cedric Thompson and WR J.J. Worton to the practice squad; release WR DeAndre Carter from the practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed rookie S Cedric Thompson and WR J.J. Worton to the practice squad. In addition, the Patriots released WR DeAndre Carter from the practice squad. 

Thompson, 22, was originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins out of Minnesota in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 212-pounder, was released by Miami on Sept. 5, 2015 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6. He was a four-year letterman and a three-year start at Minnesota. 

Worton, 24, spent the final month of the 2015 regular season on the St. Louis Rams practice squad after being signed on Dec. 11 as a rookie free agent from University of Central Florida. The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder, finished his college career with 168 receptions for 2,360 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He had 36 receptions for 514 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 2014. 

Carter, 22, was signed by New England to the practice squad on Dec. 15, 2015. He originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent out of Sacramento State on May 8, 2015. The 5-foot-8, 188-pounder, was released by the Ravens on Aug. 31, and joined the Oakland Raiders practice squad on Sept. 16. He was released by the Raiders practice squad on Dec. 1. 

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