Patriots work out eight players Tuesday

Patriots work out eight players Tuesday
September 11, 2012, 9:39 pm
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Patriots players were off Tuesday. Of course, that doesn't mean the team wasn't busy.
Eight different players were worked out by New England, including former Colts quarterback Curtis Painter. One other QB, Cowboys third-stringer Stephen McGee, came in as well.
The Patriots also met with defensive linemen Jeff Charleston and Monte Taylor; defensive backs David Caldwell and Chris Carr; and wide receivers Jamel Hamler and Demarco Sampson.
Painter, 27, started eight games in Indianapolis last year after Peyton Manning's neck injury forced him out of action for the season. Painter completed 132 of 243 passes and had six touchdowns to nine interceptions.
Sampson is an interesting workout this week. The 6-2 receiver was a seventh round draft pick by the Cardinals, New England's opponent this week, in 2011. He had three catches for 36 yards in 12 games last year.
McGee, 6-3, 225-pounds, has played in just three games since being drafted a fourth round pick in 2009. He went 46-for-82 and had three touchdowns.
Charleston first signed in Houston as an undrafted free agent in 2006. The 29-year old defensive end played for the Saints from 2008 to 2011 before signing with the Vikings during free agency. He was waived this August when the team cut down its roster to 53.
Carr was a more surprising cut for Minnesota this year. A veteran of seven seasons, the 29-year old started 16 games as recently as 2010 (Baltimore). He has 209 career tackles, 24 passes defensed, and six interceptions.
Taylor, 23, was claimed off waivers by the Eagles in June. Originally signed this year by Seattle as a rookie free agent out of Cincinnati, he had four sacks, 17 tackles (four for loss), and three forced fumbles for the Bearcats.
Caldwell signed with Indy in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. He started 13 of 16 games last season and had 41 total tackles and four passes defensed.
The 23-year old Hamler doesn't have a game to his name. After going undrafted out of Fresno State, Hamler was signed by the Broncos, got a 10,000 bonus for it, and then went on IR that September. He caught five passes in three preseason games for the Eagles this preseason before being waived.