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With Gronkowski out for season, TE D.J. Williams gets second chance with Patriots

New England Patriots tight ends D.J. Williams (45) and Matthew Mulligan (88) talk during a drills and stretching session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins in Miami, Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)The Associated Press

D. J. Williams finally has his packing strategy down. Now he'd like to master the Patriots playbook.

The tight end has been cut three times in just over three months. And he's with New England again after Rob Gronkowski was sidelined for the season.

It's Williams' latest destination in a year when he's been ready to travel to find work. He says he used to keep two bags packed but cut that down to one.

Williams spent two seasons with the Green Bay Packers before being cut Aug. 31. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him the next day and released him Nov. 4. The Patriots claimed him Nov. 27, used him sparingly in one game then cut him Dec. 4 before re-signing him on Monday.

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