Foxboro, Mass.-The New England Patriots announced that they have signed punter Dan Hadenfeldt and defensive lineman Maurice Anderson to the practice squad today. Subsequently, the team released Saul Patu from the practice squad.
Hadenfeldt, 25, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on April 27, 2001. As a junior at Nebraska, the 5-foot-10-inch, 195-pound punter set a single-season school record by averaging 44.9-yards per punt. He was waived by the Patriots on Aug. 12, 2001.
Anderson, 26, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent following the 2000 NFL draft. The Virginia product recorded 160 career tackles, including five sacks and 12 tackles for losses. The 6-foot-3-inch, 280-pound defensive lineman was waived by the Patriots on Aug. 28, 2000 and claimed by the New York Jets. He spent the entire season on the 53-man roster, but was reported among the team's inactives prior to every game.
Patu, 23, was originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent following the 2001 NFL draft. He spent the 2001 preseason with the Jets, but was released on Sept. 2, 2001. The 6-foot-3-inch, 272 pound defensive end finished his Oregon career with 167 tackles, including 26.5 sacks and 53 tackles for losses. He was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Oct. 10, 2001.