Patriots Sign Two, Release Two, Including Rutgers Safety Jeremy Deering


Jeremy DeeringThe New England Patriots’ game of undrafted free-agent musical chairs rages on.

The Patriots released undrafted free-agent safety Jeremy Deering and fifth-year wide receiver Greg Orton and signed undrafted free-agent defensive tackle LT Tuipulotu and second-year safety Dax Swanson on Thursday, the team announced.

Deering, a Rutgers product, was signed by the Patriots just six days ago. Orton, who mimicked Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas before the Patriots’ playoff loss in the AFC Championship Game, was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 31.

Tuipulotu ran a 5.07-second 40-yard dash at Utah’s pro day in March at 6-foot-1, 298 pounds. He registered 1.5 sacks and 42 tackles for the Utes in 2013.

Swanson was signed by the Indianapolis Colts out of Sam Houston State last year after going undrafted. He also spent time on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad before being released May 12.

The second-year defensive back, who transferred from Toledo after his freshman season, ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at last year’s NFL Scouting Combine at 5-foot-10, 186 pounds. He intercepted 14 passes in three years with the Bearkats.

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