Patriots sign defensive back, defensive tackle, cut two players

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The New England Patriots signed former Sam Houston State defensive back Daxton Swanson and former Utah defensive lineman L.T. Tuipulotu.

They cut roookie free agent safety Jeremy Deering (Rutgers) and former Purdue wide receiver Greg Orton.

Swanson originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Indianapolis Colts last year. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder was released by the Colts and was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on Nov. 18, 2013. He was cut by the 49ers last week.

Tuipulotu  played in 12 games with 11 starts as a senior at Utah last season and finished with 42 total tackles, 1 ½ sacks, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

Deering signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent from Rutgers last wee.

Orton was signed to the Patriots practice squad last year. The 6-foot-3, 199-pounder spent part of 2011 and all of 2012 on the Denver practice squad and went to training camp with Denver in 2013. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009.

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