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Patriots claim safety Barrett off waivers

The Patriots claimed third-year safety Josh Barrett off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Friday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported.

The Broncos had waived Barrett with the intention of placing him on season-ending injured reserved, as Barrett was scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery.

Barrett entered the league as a seventh-round draft choice of the Broncos and his primary contributions have come on special teams. As a rookie in Denver, he was coached by current Patriots special teams coach Scott O'Brien.