Pats acquire Jalen Saunders from Saints, claim Minny wideout DaVaris Daniels off waivers

It looks like Bill Belichick really took advantage of the join practice sessions with the Saints a couple weeks back.

I say that because the Patriots swung a trade with the New Orleans Saints back on Tuesday to bring in kick/punt returner Jalen Saunders, sending a 2018 conditional seventh-round pick to NOLA in return. A fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2014, the Patriots will be Saunders' fifth team so far in his very brief career. He suited up in three games for the Jets before being cut, where he then spent time on the practice squad for both the Cardinals and Seahawks before the Saints signed him to their roster in mid-November.

Saunders' biggest claim to NFL fame thus far in his career was taking his first-ever kickoff return - the opening kickoff against the Falcons in December - 99-yards, before he was tackled on the 1-yard line.

The Pats also claimed Minnesota wide receiver DaVaris Daniels off waivers on Tuesday, bringing in the former Notre Dame wideout for a look with one preseason game to go. Daniels, who was out of football last season, signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent this summer but didn't find much action during game time, playing just 10 offensive snaps in three games. Daniels caught one ball for six yards.

With Josh Boyce and Jonathan Krause moved to IR the other day, the team needed some bodies to fill out the gaps for tonight's preseason finale against the Giants. Who knows, maybe the pair of them will make a play or two and land on the practice squad when all is said and done.

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