FOXBORO -- The Patriots built up their 10-man practice squad on Labor Day Weekend, and they did so with several familiar faces who were with the team throughout training camp. They still have one spot open after releasing defensive tackle Darius Kilgo on Monday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.:
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Here's the list . . .
DJ Foster, RB: After another productive preseason, Foster made a run at a spot on the 53-man active roster. But with the depth the Patriots have at that position -- Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis and James White figure to receive the vast majority of snaps there this season -- Foster is an ideal p-squad candidate to back up the pass-catchers on the roster.
Ted Karras, OL: New England's top choice to be their backup interior offensive lineman last season, Karras remains with the Patriots to begin 2017 as part of their practice squad. The second-year player out of Illinois has worked at all three interior positions for the Patriots since being selected in the sixth round in 2016.
James Ferentz, OL: Another reserve on the interior of the offensive line, Ferentz played primarily as a center throughout training camp. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder played in seven games last season for Denver.
Trevor Bates, LB: The University of Maine product spent last season on the Patriots practice squad and begins this season there once again as depth behind rostered off-the-ball linebackers. Bates was a core special-teamer throughout camp and also spent some time on the edge in the Patriots defense.
Geneo Grissom, DL: A third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2015, Grissom carries special teams value because of his unique combination of size and athleticism. The Patriots seem relatively thin at defensive end to start the regular season so Grissom's presence in the locker room could prove beneficial down the line.
Cody Hollister, WR: The receiver and special-teamer out of Arkansas lost important practice time due to injury early in camp but returned to action and flashed some ability while working with former Patriots third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett. His special-teams experience gives him added value for the practice squad.
David Jones, DB: One of the more intriguing undrafted athletes the Patriots signed after the draft, the Richmond product ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and jumped 34 inches in the vertical at his pro day. He missed time due to injury in camp, but the Patriots saw enough they liked to keep him around.
Damarius Travis, DB: At Minnesota, Travis showed a knack for making plays (83 tackles, two picks, five PBUs). He did just that early on in the preseason finale when he forced a fumble against the Giants and then recovered it himself. Primarily a safety in camp, he'll back up one of the deeper units on the Patriots roster.
DeMarcus Ayers, WR/KR: According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Patriots signed Ayers to be their 10th man on the practice squad. A seventh-round pick of the Steelers last year, the 5-foot-9, 182-pounder could provide depth as a slot receiver and a returner in the kicking game.