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Saturday, August 13, 2011
Report: Patriots work out two specialists

By Mike Rodak

The Patriots recently worked out kicker Rhys Lloyd and veteran long snapper James Dearth, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times and Scout.com

A native of England, the 29-year old Lloyd has played for four NFL teams over his six-year career, seeing his most action as a kickoff specialist for the Panthers over the past three seasons.

Dearth, 35, is a veteran of 12 NFL seasons and snapped for the Jets from 2001-2009.

With both players, this appears to be a case of the Patriots updating their emergency lists. However, rookie kicker Chris Koepplin had a kickoff go out of bounds and long snapper Matt Katula had a bad snap on a point-after attempt, both on Thursday night, so it is possible the team could be looking into replacing those players.