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Former Patriots Guard Jordan Devey Will Start for the 49ers; Patriots Not Liable

The New England Patriots traded away a player who didn't have a chance of making the roster. He is now the starting right guard for the San Francisco 49ers.

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The San Francisco 49ers have named Jordan Devey the team's starting right guard. The 49ers acquired Devey from the New England Patriots earlier this offseason in exchange for back-up tight end Asante Cleveland. It is unclear whether the Patriots will be held at fault for any mishaps by the 49ers offensive line.

Devey was benched after a rough opening to the 2014 season, and he didn't see the field after a disastrous week 7 game against the New York Jets. Pro Football Focus had Devey tied as their lowest graded offensive guard through those seven weeks. Devey was tied with former Bills lineman Erik Pears, who also happens to be the 49ers new starting right tackle.

The Patriots received Cleveland in exchange and his roster chances are a coin flip. While his odds certainly increased after the Patriots placed fullback James Develin on the injured reserve, incumbent Michael Hoomanawanui has the inside lane at a roster spot.