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Patriots sign WR TC Taylor to practice squad; Release LB OJ Brigance

PATRIOTS SIGN WR T.C. TAYLOR TO PRACTICE SQUAD; RELEASE LB O.J. BRIGANCE

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver T.C. Taylor to their practice squad, today and released veteran linebacker O.J. Brigance.

Taylor, 23, was originally signed as a rookie free agent on April 26, 2002 but was released following training camp on Sept. 1. The 6-foot-3-inch, 219-pounder caught 118 passes for 1,793 yards (15.2 avg.) and 15 touchdowns in only 19 games after making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver during his junior year. He established a Jackson State single-season record with 84 receptions for 1,234 yards (14.7 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a senior. In two seasons as a quarterback he completed 63 of 140 passes for 1,154 yards, including 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 22 games.

Brigance, 32, originally signed with the Patriots on Aug. 12, 2002, but was released on Aug. 27. He was re-signed last week and recorded two special teams tackles against the Jets (9/15/02). The 6-foot, 236-pound linebacker has played in 85 games and has totaled 120 career special teams tackles. He also has three defensive tackles to his credit. Last year, he played in eight regular season and three playoff games for the St. Louis Rams, including Super Bowl XXXVI against the Patriots.

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