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Meet the new guy … No. 17, Britt Davis

01.04.12 at 5:26 pm ET
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Britt Davis, seen here with Denver, makes a catch in a preseason game against Arizona. (AP)

FOXBORO — Britt Davis did not enjoy his time away from professional football. Asked Wednesday afternoon what he was doing over the course of the last few months while he was a free agent, he smiled.

“Besides going crazy?” he laughed. “Just working out every day. That’s about it. … I contemplated (getting a job), but I just stayed busy with workouts and just hanging around my family, pretty much.”

That was until he got the call from the Patriots late last month. The 25-year-old wide receiver out of Northern Illinois was contact by New England, came up to Foxboro for a workout, and he was officially added to the Patriots’ practice squad on Wednesday. (New England released tight end/fullback Garrett Mills as the corresponding move.)

“I had worked out about a week ago, and I thought that it went pretty well — I got some good feedback,” he said. “I was definitely surprised. Whenever you get a call… you know, a playoff team and all that type of thing. I was definitely surprised.”

A first-year player from Northern Illinois, he originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Jets in 2009 and spent part of that year on the New York practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was released by the Jets after training camp in 2010 and was then was signed by Denver where he began the year on the practice squad. Davis was signed to the 53-man roster on Dec. 13, 2010 and played in three games for the Broncos. He was release by Denver at the end of training camp this past summer.

Davis had some very definite preconceived ideas about the Patriots before he signed with New England.

“It’s like a machine. It’s like a well-oiled machine out here,” he said. “It’s business. Come to work, bring your hard hat and do your job.”

Davis, who will wear No. 17, said Wednesday that his professional background to this point was mostly on special teams, and acknowledged that he hasn’t talked much with the coaching staff about what his role will be going forward.

“That hasn’t been discussed. I’m just coming in here to do whatever I have to do to help the team,” he said. “Whatever that is. I don’t care.”

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