The trickle-down effect of the New England Patriots trading quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Texans is that the team will now account for the position on its practice squad. McLeod Bethel-Thompson, one of 12 players in for a tryout on Saturday, is joining the Patriots' 10-man practice squad, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson signed to the #Patriots practice squad, per league source. Worked out for them on Saturday.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 31, 2014
Bethel-Thompson is a third-year player out of Sacramento State who has been with the Vikings (2012-2013) and 49ers (2013-2014). At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, he is a bigger player at the position and was with the 49ers this past training camp before being released in the cut to 75 players.
In three preseason games this year, Bethel-Thompson was 11 of 18 for 113 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and doesn't have any regular-season statistics.
A few other notes relative to the Patriots' practice squad:
Wide receiver Josh Boyce cleared waivers and has practice squad eligibility.
Linebacker Ja'Gared Davis has agreed to join the practice squad, ESPNBoston.com's Lee Schechter confirmed earlier in the day. Doug Kyed of NESN had initially reported Davis' agreement.
Running back Jonas Gray has agreed to join the practice squad, per Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.
One name to keep an eye on is long snapper Charley Hughlett as a possibility for the practice squad. Hughlett was with the Patriots briefly earlier this offseason.