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Jonas Gray thought he had earned starter spot with Patriots

Jonas Gray rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts last season.AJ Mast/AP

If you had asked Jonas Gray, he thought he was going to be one of the main guys in the New England backfield this season. Maybe even the Opening Day starter since LeGarrette Blount will be serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Instead, Gray was cut by the Patriots on Saturday, and went unclaimed on waivers, making him a free agent.

He wasn’t unemployed for long, though, as the Miami Dolphins signed Gray to their practice squad Wednesday.

“I was shocked but at the same time I can’t blame them,” Gray told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “They have to do what they think is best for the team.

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“But I was surprised. I thought I did everything I can to earn a roster spot — not only earn a roster spot but earn a starting spot. It didn’t work out my way, but I’m excited to be here and excited to be employed.”

Gray originally signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He was placed on the PUP list while he nursed a knee injury before being cut in August 2013. He later was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad before coming to New England.

Gray rose to prominence last November with the Patriots, rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Dolphins have only three running backs on their active roster: Lamar Miller, LaMike James, and Damien Williams.


Christopher Frangolini can be reached at chris.frangolini@globe.com Follow him on twitter @bigfrang.