Five things to know about new Patriots WR DaVaris Daniels

Racked by injuries at receiver, the Patriots claimed DaVaris Daniels off the waivers from the Vikings. Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots claimed wide receiver DaVaris Daniels on waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, as he addresses a position on the roster that has been affected by a string of injuries and needed a numbers boost with the preseason finale in mind.

Here are five things to know about Daniels, who is a longshot to stick on the 53-man roster but could be a consideration on the practice squad:

1. At 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, he played in college at Notre Dame. His best year came in his final season, as a junior in 2013, when he totaled 46 catches for 720 yards and seven touchdowns. He had six catches for a career-best 115 yards in the 2013 BCS National Championship.

2. Daniels was out of football in 2014. He was one of four players who had been suspended since Aug. 15 as part of the school's internal investigation into academic misconduct.

3. He is the son of Phillip Daniels, who played 15 seasons in the NFL for Seattle, Chicago and Washington.

4. Daniels had 19 touchdowns his senior season at Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, Illinois, where he was a three-sport athlete also competing in basketball and track and field.

5. He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent this year and played sparingly in the preseason, with 10 offensive snaps over three games, and two special teams snaps. He had one catch for 6 yards.