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|Danny Baugher hasn’t ruled out a return to the Pats roster or practice squad.(Courtesy of Boston.com)|
The Patriots have waived first year punter Danny Baugher just a week after the 23-year old thought he had sewed up the starting job. After the release of veteran Josh Miller and fellow first year punter Tom Malone, Baugher was the only punter in camp. After a 70 yard punt against the Titans two weeks ago, Baugher seemed prime to claim the job. That is, until this morning.
Coupled with the departure of Baugher, the Patriots signed veteran punter Chris Hanson, who was recently cut by the Saints. Hanson has played seven seasons in the NFL, one season with Green Bay and the rest in Jacksonville. In 2006 Hanson had 72 punts with a 40.6 yard average and 20 punts inside the 20 yard line. His 2006 average was more than two yards under his career average of 42.9 yards.
In other Patriots news, a few familiar faces have been placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin the season. 14-year veteran wideout Troy Brown and second year WR Chad Jackson were both placed on the PUP list and must sit out until at least week six. The two combined for 56 catches for 536 yards and seven TDs in 2006. The Pats also placed rookie Mike Richardson on injured reserve because of his hand. He will miss the entire 2007 season but the Patriots will retain his rights for next year.
Check back for a preview of tonight’s final pre-season game against the Giants.