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Jake Bequette and Trevor Scott have seen limited work on the defensive line.
53. LB Jeff Tarpinian
The 53rd man on the Patriots' roster wears the fitting No. 53 jersey. Jeff Tarpinian is a two-year pro who has helped out primarily on special teams during his time with New England. The Iowa product's 2011 campaign ended when he was placed on injured reserve in late November. Tarpinian was recently signed off the practice squad and is looking to stick on the team this time around.
52. CB Malcolm Williams
According to the Boston Herald, practice squad player Malcolm Williams was promoted to the active roster when Ras-I Dowling fell to injured reserve for the second straight year. Williams has value for his special teams efforts, as well as his willingness to play both cornerback and safety. Although, he may be demoted back to the practice squad very soon.
51. CB Derrick Martin
Veteran defensive back Derrick Martin will be venturing back to Foxborough, as the Patriots signed him on Oct. 31, per ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates . Martin was with the team in training camp before becoming a cut-down casualty. He is an experienced special teams player who can also play safety, but he has drifted around several teams since entering the league in 2006.
50. LB Mike Rivera
The surprise move to waive cornerback Sterling Moore on Oct. 31 also made Mike Rivera's return to New England possible, reports Field Yates. Rivera was cut after making the 53-man roster and participating in two games this September. He provides the Patriots with another inside linebacker, but he will make his greatest mark on special teams.
49. TE Michael Hoomanawanui
The Patriots have used Michael Hoomanawanui as a reserve tight end and fullback option this season. The 24-year-old is a good blocker, but he still finds himself surrounded by other capable tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells and even Visanthe Shiancoe, who could soon be activated from short-term injured reserve.
48. DE Trevor Scott
Trevor Scott compiled 12 sacks during his first two NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders. But since tearing his ACL in 2010, Scott's production has tapered off. With the Patriots, the 28-year-old pass-rusher has provided depth along the defensive line and found a role on special teams.
47. DE Jake Bequette
Jake Bequette was New England's third-round draft choice in April following an impressive college career at Arkansas. Yet the rookie hasn't done much right off the bat, often being listed as a game-day inactive. He's still acclimating to the NFL game, but there's seldom been an opportunity for him to shine thus far.