FOXBORO — Bill Belichick offered high praise to Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins on Wednesday, calling the Clemson product “Larry Fitzgerald-like” in terms of what he was able to do last week against Detroit.

FOXBORO — Offensive lineman Chris Martin and defensive lineman Joe Vellano have been brought back to the Patriots practice squad.

Martin spent the first three weeks of the 2014 season on the Patriots practice squad. Vellano was released from the 53-man roster on Monday.

To make room, the Patriots released OL Caylin Hauptmann from the practice squad.

Going into Sunday’s game with the Bengals it was clear the Patriots were short on depth at the linebacker position even before Dont’a Hightower was inactive for the game, so to provide depth at the position they promoted Ja’Gared Davis from the practice squad.

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Patriots. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, in his weekly visit on WEEI’s Dale &

Six days after getting crushed by the Chiefs, Tom Brady and the Patriots were able to respond nicely with a win over the Bengals.</p>
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The Patriots announced Monday that they have added cornerback Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brian Tyms to the 53-man roster. To make room, they have released defensive lineman Joe Vellano and placed defensive end Michael Buchanan on injured reserve. Here’s a portion of the release issued by the team on the moves.

As a way to clear roster space for wide receiver Brian Tyms and cornerback Brandon Browner, the Patriots have waived defensive lineman Joe Vellano, according to Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe.

When the Patriots released second-year wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins on Saturday, there was hope he would clear waivers and the team could bring him back.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots will activate both cornerback Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brian Tyms on Monday. Both coming off four games suspensions, the Patriots had until Monday at 4 p.m. to officially activate the players.