Patriots add tackle Steve Maneri

Updated: September 5, 2010, 7:23 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots continued to shape their roster Sunday, waiving second-year inside linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and claiming offensive tackle Steve Maneri off waivers from the Houston Texans, the club announced.

McKenzie, a 2009 third-round draft choice, was behind rookie Brandon Spikes and third-year player Gary Guyton on the depth chart at the spot next to Jerod Mayo. Rookie free agent Dane Fletcher now takes McKenzie's spot on the depth chart.

The move is a mild surprise given McKenzie's draft status and that he was coming off a torn ACL that cost him all of his rookie season.

Maneri (6-foot-7, 290) is a rookie out of Temple who played tight end in college. NFL teams had been interested in him as a tight end and tackle in the pre-draft process.

After going undrafted, Maneri elected to sign with the Texans because he wanted to play tackle. He lined up primarily at left tackle in the preseason.

This marks the second time in three years that the Patriots have claimed a tackle through waivers, as Mark LeVoir was claimed from the Rams in 2008.

The Patriots have Matt Light (left) and Sebastian Vollmer (right) as their starting tackles, with LeVoir and Quinn Ojinnaka the top reserves.

The Patriots also confirmed a pair of trades, as they acquired safety Jarrad Page from the Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker Tracy White from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots deals were for draft considerations, which the team did not disclose. The White deal is for picks in 2012, according to the Eagles.

Page, a four-year NFL veteran, has played in 53 games with 39 starts and has accumulated 204 total tackles, 10 interceptions, four forced fumbles and 17 special teams tackles. After starting all 16 games at free safety in 2007 and 2008, Page was limited to just five starts because of a calf injury that forced him to finish the season on injured reserve.

White has played with Seattle (2003-04), Jacksonville (2005), Green Bay (2006-08) and Philadelphia (2008-09), making his mark on special teams. He had a team-leading 18 special teams tackles for Philadelphia in 2009.

The Patriots open the season Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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