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RB Thomas Clayton hoping to get 'into the mix'

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  October 13, 2010 06:54 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- RB Thomas Clayton understands he could be called on at any moment. After spending the entire preseason with the Patriots, he knows a little bit about how the offense operates.

That is why he had high hopes when he was signed by the Patriots from the Cleveland practice squad on Sept. 30. But Clayton was inactive against the Dolphins and he continues to work towards being ready. He waits patiently as the Patriots monitor running back Fred Taylor, who has not practiced because of a toe injury and also was inactive for the Monday night game.

"I'm definitely hoping to get into the mix," Clayton said. "Obviously, first things first and that's regaining my knowledge of the playbook and things of that nature. That's come along really well, but it's going to be a coaches' decision and I'm just going to try to be ready when my number is called."

Without that chance the day of the game, Clayton said practices become even more important.

"Every practice is an opportunity to display my ability and show the coaching staff that I'm ready to go. Each day I got out there with the mindset of showing not only my coaching staff but my teammates that I'm ready to help the team win some games," he said.

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