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Meet the new guy … No. 80, Dorin Dickerson

12.07.11 at 12:26 pm ET

FOXBORO — On a team where wide receivers play defensive back and linebackers occasionally shift to corner, Dorin Dickerson should fit right in.

The newest member of the Patriots’€™ practice squad is a Swiss Army Knife of a player, someone who lined up at wide receiver, tight end and linebacker in college at Pitt. And while he’€™s lined up strictly on offense during his relatively brief professional career, it’€™s clear that nothing is out of the question now that he’€™s in New England.

‘€œI’€™m just trying to settle in at this point,’€ he said before his first practice with the Patriots on Wednesday morning. ‘€œI’€™m just looking to go out there and practice hard and do what I can.’€

Expect the Patriots to lean on his versatility. In college, Dickerson started as a wide receiver and kick returner before moving to defense as a sophomore. That year, he played 12 games as a reserve strongside linebacker and had 15 total tackles. As a junior, he moved back to offense and played 13 games at tight end, finishing with 13 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He stuck at tight end as a senior, and had 45 receptions for 508 yards (11.3 avg.) and 10 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2, 227-pounder was originally drafted by Houston in the seventh round (227th overall) out of Pittsburgh in 2010. As a rookie, he played in seven games mainly on special teams. He was released by Houston on Sept. 3 and was then signed to the Pittsburgh practice squad on Sept. 12 before being released on Sept. 15.

‘€œI’€™ve just been sitting out for a little bit. I got a call. Worked out for these guys and it went pretty well,’€ said Dickerson, who will wear No. 80 in New England. ‘€œIt’€™s just a good opportunity for me to help the team or whatever and do what I can.

‘€œI just know the have a great offense and a great defense and a great organization. I talked to a lot of guys around the league, and they say they have a good organization. I’€™m just happy to be here.’€

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