By Mike Wilkening at nbcsports.com
Six days before meeting the Dolphins in the regular season opener, the Patriots have added an ex-Miami defensive back.
The Pats were awarded second-year safety Don Jones on waivers from the Dolphins on Monday, the club said.
The 24-year-old Jones notched a team-best 11 special teams tackles in 2013 for Miami, according to club statistics. An Arkansas State product, Jones was a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins in 2013.
Jones’ addition gives the Patriots six safeties. He is listed as a third-stringer behind Duron Harmon on the club’s depth chart. And, of course, Jones brings an intimate knowledge of the Dolphins to Foxborough.
In a corresponding roster move, the Patriots waived second-year offensive lineman Chris Barker.