Patriots reach agreement with tight end Daniel Fells

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Tight end is not a position of need in New England, but when the Patriots identify a player they like, they’ll go get him. And that’s what they’ve just done with tight end Daniel Fells.

Fells has reached an agreement on a three-year deal with the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports. He’ll join Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez on a very deep depth chart at tight end.

With Fells in the fold as the primary blocking tight end, it makes it even more clear that while Gronkowski and Hernandez are listed at tight end, they’re receivers first and foremost in the Patriots’ offense.

The 28-year-old Fells started 15 games for the Broncos last year and was mostly a blocker, catching 19 passes for 256 yards. His most productive receiving season came in 2010 with the Rams, when he caught 41 passes for 391 yards.

24 responses to “Patriots reach agreement with tight end Daniel Fells

  1. Fells is not a good blocking TE. At least he wasn’t last year.

    But then again, Hernandez isn’t either. He’s a big WR that takes hand offs.

  2. People will see this as a kind of a luxury signing, but the Patriots really needed to get a 3rd TE. They played a lot of 3 TE sets in 2010 with Alge Crumpler, and with only 2 TE last year they mostly had to use Nate Solder as a 3rd TE after a failed stint by Gronk’s brother.

    This now frees up Solder to start at left tackle in case Matt Light retires or at right tackle if Vollmer’s back injury comes back.

  3. Elway and company are so wrapped up in asking Manning to be their prom date that they are letting some key pieces of the team disappear through free agency. Fells was the one TE on the roster with skills (even after Denver drafted two TE’s last year) and I’d bet that DT Bunkley, their best run stopper, will be signed by the Saints. WR/PR Eddie Royal left last week to S.D. Instead of adding to the team fans are seeing it fall apart piece by piece.

  4. Right, because the Patriots need MORE help at the TE position.. It’s not like Gronk and Aaron Hernandez are both top 5 tight ends.. (And this is coming from a Jets fan)

  5. Depth, depth, and some more depth. Resign Carter and draft in the secondary for more depth.

  6. This is because they use Hernandez as a WR. Fells will be in the inline TE and Hernandez out wide. Similar to what they did when they had Crumpler. Even Gronk lines up wide half the time.

  7. pennsylvaniadoug says: Mar 19, 2012 8:34 AM

    Elway and company are so wrapped up in asking Manning to be their prom date that they are letting some key pieces of the team disappear through free agency.
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    Yep, and a Tenn beat writer (Wyatt) says the Titan’s entire FA plan is messed up now because they are waiting around on him. They already lost a chance at Abraham due to their PM love. And whichever team “wins” the PM sweepstakes will then bring in as many binkies of his as they can like Clark, maybe even Saturday. And they won’t make the SB this year even though they cater to him 100%..And I will laugh and laugh. No one player is worth all that.

  8. Nice pickup for the Pats. Don’t worry, Denver fans. You guys will get Dallas Clark once Peyton signs with the Broncos.

  9. nxsteven says:Mar 19, 2012 8:28 AM

    Fells is not a good blocking TE. At least he wasn’t last year.

    Pats played him 2x last year – I assume BB knows what he can do.

  10. .

    It’s the NFL. Who’s to say that both Gronkowski and Hernandez aren’t on IR by Labor Day ?

    You have to have depth to “survive ” the rigors of the regular season plus playoffs .

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  11. emotionalfatguy says:
    Mar 19, 2012 9:02 AM
    HATERS GON HATE.

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    You guys should know. You all have been hating on the Yankees for the last hundred years.

  12. Dear Mr. Michael David Smith,

    It’s “clearer”, not “more clear”. I believe this is not the first time you’ve made this grammatical error. I hope journalism school if you had attended one, would have taught you “more good” than that.

  13. tomservo24 says:
    Mar 19, 2012 8:30 AM
    People will see this as a kind of a luxury signing, but the Patriots really needed to get a 3rd TE. They played a lot of 3 TE sets in 2010 with Alge Crumpler, and with only 2 TE last year they mostly had to use Nate Solder as a 3rd TE after a failed stint by Gronk’s brother.

    This now frees up Solder to start at left tackle in case Matt Light retires or at right tackle if Vollmer’s back injury comes back.
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    Exactly. At least now when they have Fells in there (as opposed to Vollmer) there is at least some chance he might be in there to catch a pass.

    Also, Gronk is a great blocker. The video / audio on him blocking Ngata and Suggs during the AFC Championship game (like most of his videos) is both impressive and hilarious. Kid likes to block. Gronk!

  14. Hilarious – Daniel Fells mentioned above as a “key piece.” My goodness….must be a slow day for you.

    Rob Gronkowski….even Aaron Hernandez….mentioned as “key piece”…..OK, I buy that.

    Daniel Fells….”key piece”…..NO

    Outside of Denver, less than 1% of fans have even heard of this guy.

  15. Love it. I want to see some secondary signings, though!

    Get Landry and I’ll be feeling great.

  16. @ sullij01

    Here’s how Fells is a “key piece”. He is NOT a “key piece” in terms of him catching 50 balls and 5 TDs. No. Fells is a “key piece” because they now have 3 TEs for their 3 TE sets, which they use a lot. Last year, they used OT Nate Solder as the 3rd TE (Solder was a TE in high school and recruited as a TE at Colorado) because they didn’t HAVE a 3rd TE. Plus, with the possible retirement of Matt Light, Solder will be used exclusively as an OT. Also, this allows Aaron Hernandez to be used exclusively as a receiver in the Shannon Sharpe mold (Not really a TE, not really a WR). So, in acquiring Fells, the “acquired” another receiver–Hernandez (you will probably not see Hernandez block on the line at all this year with Fells on board). In a nutshell, THIS is how Fells is a “key piece”.

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