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Patriots claim Darius Kilgo, waive D.J. Foster

28 July 2016: New England Patriots running back D.J. Foster (27)  waits for his turn at a drill during New England Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photograph by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
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The New England Patriots have claimed defensive tackle Darius Kilgo off waivers from the Denver Broncos. To clear room on the roster, the team has waived running back D.J. Foster.

Kilgo has appeared in nine games this season for the Broncos, making five tackles. He appeared in nine games during his rookie season last year as well, totaling six tackles and a pass defended.

Taken in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland, Kilgo was a member of the Broncos’ roster last season as they won Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. He will move from one of the AFC’s current superpowers to another, joining a Patriots team that is tied for the best record in the AFC at 9-2.

Running back D.J. Foster was the odd-man out following the return of running back Dion Lewis from injury. He appeared in three games for New England this season, carrying the ball seven times for 24 yards and making one catch for two yards.

Foster made New England’s opening roster to begin the season after going un-drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Arizona State, where he was a dynamic, do-it-all threat for the Sun Devils. A running back by trade his first three seasons in the desert, he converted to wide receiver for his senior season, but still ultimately totaling more yards as a receiver (2,458) than as a rusher (2,355).

New England’s next game comes on Sunday at home as they welcome in the Los Angeles Rams.

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