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Patriots waive linebacker Jack Cichy following failed physical, sign two to practice squad

New England claimed Jack Cichy off waivers from Tampa Bay last Thursday.

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The New England Patriots waived linebacker Jack Cichy in the midst of Wednesday’s roster movement.

In addition, the organization announced the signings of wide receiver Devin Smith and defensive back Dayan Lake to the practice squad.

Cichy, 24, had been claimed by from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 3 and was waived with the failed-physical designation, according to the transaction wire. The Patriots received a temporary exemption for the Wisconsin product, who entered the league in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft and has appeared in 15 career games. Cichy totaled six tackles and 259 snaps on special teams while a member of the Buccaneers.

New England stands with a scout team of 15 following the arrivals of Smith and Lake.

Both had been in for workouts this week.

Smith, 28, entered the league with the New York Jets in the second round of the 2015 draft. He has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans in the years since then after missing all of the 2017 and 2018 seasons while working back from a second torn ACL. The ex-Ohio State wideout stands with 15 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns through 18 appearances. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Lake, 23, signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent in April. Formerly Ghanwoloku, Lake played cornerback and safety during his tenure at Brigham Young. He finished with 203 tackles, two sacks, six interceptions, three forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and one touchdown. Lake was let go by Los Angeles at the 53-man cutdown and spent time in The Spring League this fall.

The Patriots face the Rams for an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff Thursday at SoFi Stadium.