NFL News: Transactions for August 16th

Yesterday saw multiple transactions take place around the NFL.Chicago BearsSigned WR Santonio Holmes to one-year deal -- full story hereTerminated WR Eric Weems' contract Dallas CowboysSigned TE Asa Watson Released TE Dallas WalkerPlaced DB Korey Lindsey Jacksonville Jaguars Signed FB Harvey Unga and OT Cody BoothReleased WR Chad Hall Placed FB Bradie Ewing on waived/injured...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Add Depth to Roster at Key Positions

The New England Patriots released undrafted tight ends Justin Jones and Asa Watson. Jones and Watson played during the opening preseason loss to the Washington Redskins but both players failed to make a big enough impact. Both players struggled in the passing game, failing to be the back breaking tight end replacement to Aaron Hernandez. Jones impressed many during the beginning...
Via TopSportsReport
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Cowboys Expected To Bring In Rookie TE Asa Watson

  Nick Eatman of reports that the team is expected to bring in rookie free agent TE Asa Watson. Eatman mentions that Dallas would still have to clear a roster spot to sign him to a contract. Watson, 24, signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of N.C. State back in May. However, he was among three players released earlier this week as New England...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots dump rookie free agents Jones, Watson and Houston, sign veteran tight ends

The New England Patriots moved closer to realizing their new-look offensive scheme on Sunday by releasing three undrafted rookie free agents and replacing them with veteran heft in advance of unveiling their power-based Pro Set offense.The Patriots released tight ends Justin Jones and Asa Watson, both longshots to make the final 53 man roster, and replaced them on the camp roster...
Via Foxborough Free Press
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots cut Justin Jones, Asa Watson and Stephen Houston, sign veteran Ben Hartsock

Despite his size, Jones never caught on in New EnglandThere was a fair amount of hype amongst Patriots fans surrounding undrafted free agent tight end Justin Jones, largely due the rookies' unmistakable 6'8" frame.Unfortunately, his play on the field didn't match the hype, and Jones was amongst three undrafted rookies released by the team today. Joining him are fellow tight end prospect...
Via Patriots Life
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Release Three Players, Add Three Tight Ends In Flurry Of Moves

As they get set to kick off the second full week of the NFL preseason, the New England Patriots are still looking to find quality depth at the tight end position. On Sunday, they made a flurry of moves in an attempt to address that need. The Patriots have waived tight ends Justin Jones and Asa Watson and running back Stephen Houston, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates Sunday. Yates...
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

RPT: The New England Patriots Make Tight End Roster Shake Up

Tight end’s Justin Jones & Asa Watson are out. Followed by running back Stephen Houston being released as well. The Patriots also signed three other players before taking the field for practice Sunday afternoon.  
Via CLNS Radio
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Extended reps a ‘learning experience’ for Pats TE Jones

BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe New England Patriots lineup was bereft of nearly all its first-string talent Thursday night against the Washington Redskins, and the coaching staff got a pretty clear view of what it has to work with in terms of depth.Coach Bill Belichick said after the game that the team needed to “work on everything” after the 23-6 loss, noting that the younger players had...
Via AFC East Daily
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Lack Of Tight End Depth Among Five Takeaways From Preseason Opener

The New England Patriots’ preseason opener was a disjointed mess of a football game. That’s what happens, of course, when a team elects to rest its starters and go to battle with players who have just two weeks of training camp experience. There’s nothing wrong with a messy preseason game, and if anything, it should give head coach Bill Belichick plenty of teaching points before...
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Undrafted free agents who could make the New England Patriots’ final roster

Every season the New England Patriots seemingly strike gold in the undrafted free agent (UDFA) class. Last year wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was a starter and had the most exciting play of the season with his 17-yard touchdown reception, with no time left on the clock, to defeat New Orleans 30-27 in Week 6. Defensive tackle Joe Vellano also came into camp last year as an UDFA...
Via cover32 - Patriots
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Not Keller not Finley Pats agree with TE Nate Byham

Via               Patriots have come to an agreement with TE Nate Byham. Mike Reiss of ESPN reported:"The club has reached a deal with Nate Byham, who’s played the last two seasons with Tampa Bay. Byham reportedly worked out for New England in May."         The 26 year old has spent his last few seasons in Tampa, but was put on IR in October after suffering...
Via Patriots Life
July 20, 2014  |  1 Comment

Camp Preview: Who’s going to back up Rob Gronkowski?

As the New England Patriots enter training camp this summer no position has more question marks than at tight end. Behind All-Pro Rob Gronkowski, New England’s tight end group is anonymous. In addition, the New England front office failed to address the position this offseason in free agency or the NFL Draft. While Rob Gronkowski is unquestionably the most dynamic offensive playmaker—when...
Via cover32 - Patriots
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The New England Patriots top five roster battles

1. Receiver Depth Writer Tanner Howard had a great take on the WR position this week. Let’s take it step further and assume that Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Matthew Slater are locks. Brandon LaFell and Thompkins should be next in line, while four rookies duke it out for a spot that might not even exist. Expect Jeremy Gallon (Michigan) to provide depth in the...
Via cover32 - Patriots
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster Talk: Patriots Tight Ends

When talking about the Patriots tight ends only one name matters to most: Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski. The oft-injured superstar deserves all the praise and attention he gets because, when he is on the field, he is one of the most dangerous players in the game. With the injury history of Gronkowski the Patriots need to set up an insurance plan, which they did not do last season. Going...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

James Develin seems to be joining the tight end mix

Photo via patriots.comWith Rob Gronkowski recovering from a torn ACL and... yea, thats it for tight end. So the Patriots have a big hole to fill. They did resign Hooman and have two undrafted rookies (Justin Jones and Asa Watson) looking to make an impact. But that doesn't seem to be quite enough at tight end.Throughout the spring it seems James Develin has been practicing with...
Via Patriots Life
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots post-draft roster breakdown: Receivers & tight ends

Now that the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books there is a clearer picture of what the New England Patriots 2014 roster will look like heading into training camp this summer. Undrafted Free Agent signings are done and with just a few end-of-the-roster moves before training camp begins later this summer, for the most part the roster is in place. This continues a breakdown of how the Patriots...
Via cover32 - Patriots
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Lack Depth At Important Positions Heading Into OTAs (Podcast)

Bill Belichick started the NFL’s two-tight end craze, and now he’s destroying it. Nearly every NFL draft pundit — including’s — listed tight end as one of the New England Patriots’ biggest needs heading into the 2014 draft. The Patriots waited until after the draft to address the position, however, with two unknowns: Justin Jones, who missed the 2013 season due...
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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