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Patriots claim defensive tackle A.J. Francis

09.01.13 at 2:07 pm ET

Defensive tackle A.J. Francis was been claimed by the Patriots.

A 6-foot-5, 316-pounder out of Maryland who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dolphins this spring, Francis earned all-ACC honorable mention in 2012, and was a four-year starter for the Terps.

Francis, who was named to SI’s “Twitter 100″ for his always interesting account, figures to be able to offer some depth behind starting defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly — after the series of cuts the Patriots made on Saturday, they were left with only rookie Joe Vellano as a backup DT.

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