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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Patriots sign CB Nate Jones

By Mike Rodak

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots signed veteran cornerback Nate Jones on Wednesday, replacing cornerback Phillip Adams, who was released on Tuesday.

The 29-year old Jones has played for the Cowboys (2004-07), Dolphins (2008-09), and Broncos (2010). After spending training camp with the Broncos this season, he re-signed with the Dolphins on Sept. 20, playing in two games before being released again on Oct. 5. He adds experience to the defensive backfield, having played in 101 career games (9 starts).

Jones, like fellow cornerback Devin McCourty, played at Rutgers. In addition to three career interceptions, Jones has recorded 59 special teams tackles. He also saw time at safety with Denver last season.

Despite playing in 51 snaps on Sunday in Philadelphia, Adams was released on Monday, leaving the Patriots with only three cornerbacks before Jones' signing.

"We felt like we needed to make a roster move, so had to clear a spot there," head coach Bill Belichick said of the move to cut ties with Adams, who does not have practice squad eligiblity.

Of the four cornerbacks on the roster, McCourty has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, while Antwaun Molden did not finish Sunday's contest with an undisclosed injury. In his place, rookie safety Sterling Moore saw time at cornerback, while wide receiver Julian Edelman played 16 defensive snaps at the position.