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Patriots make practice squad transaction; swap a guard and a linebacker

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New England made a minor move yesterday.

The process of building the team never stops for the New England Patriots. Whether it is the active 53-man roster or the practice squad, moves will be made to put the team in the best possible position to be successful.

One such move was made yesterday, when the Patriots made a minor practice squad transaction, replacing a linebacker with a guard (as announced via a team press release):

The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed rookie OL Chase Farris to the practice squad.

In addition, the Patriots released rookie LB Quentin Gause from the practice squad. Gause was signed by New England to the practice squad on Sept. 7, 2016.

Farris entered the league as an undrafted rookie out of Ohio State in May. He was an undrafted rookie free agent with the Detroit Lions and spent time on their practice squad. He started his college career as a defensive lineman before transitioning to offense and eventually starting at right tackle in his final season.

The addition of Farris is curious because Jonathan Cooper is no longer listed on the injury report. Perhaps the Patriots are going to try and send Ted Karras to the practice squad and Farris will serve as insurance.

The release of Gause could be a good sign for the current state of Dont’a Hightower’s knee.