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Patriots to host Visanthe Shiancoe today

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The New England Patriots are in the business of tight end collection.

According to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche — and included in Darin Gantt’s morning one-liners — the Patriots on Thursday will host veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe for a free-agent visit. In Foxboro, Shiancoe would likely compete with Daniel Fells for the No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

Late last month, Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reported that Shiancoe turned down a one-year, $1.2 million contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks. It’s hard to imagine that the Patriots would offer Shiancoe a whole lot more than that, but he’s likely short on options a week before training camp.

Shiancoe turned 32 in June. He recorded 36 receptions for 409 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games with Minnesota last season, starting 14.

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24 Responses to “Patriots to host Visanthe Shiancoe today”
  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 19, 2012 8:17 AM

    I guarantee you Belichick will find out whether or not he can catch before signing him…

  2. hugejazz says: Jul 19, 2012 8:21 AM

    Good guy. Good player. Good in the locker room. The Vikes got rid of him only because of age and price. But it looks pretty crowded in the Pats TE dept.

  3. eastsideballa says: Jul 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    Shiancoe could be a star if he’s featured as a #1 TE, I dont know why he’d want to play for the pats and be a #3, he’s a lot better than that.

  4. momsasaynt says: Jul 19, 2012 8:27 AM

    Good Luck to him he’s a good guy.

  5. dspyank2k11 says: Jul 19, 2012 8:32 AM

    Pats Offense:

    5 linemen
    4 TEs
    1 Tom
    1 Welker


  6. douglamply says: Jul 19, 2012 8:45 AM

    Clearly they want to be well equipped for any injuries at that position

  7. lgw91s says: Jul 19, 2012 8:47 AM

    Just kicking the tires. A little extra camp competition is never a bad thing. Low money, low risk.

  8. links41 says: Jul 19, 2012 8:56 AM

    He should have taken the Seattle deal if he wants some reps. Maybe he is just looking to get a ring like Ochocinco was?

  9. homelanddefense says: Jul 19, 2012 9:56 AM

    probably more of a sign that Hernandez is going to be lining up in the slot and in the backfield a ton. Also keep in mind Fells couldnt practice in any of the preseason activities so far.

    The pats love to line up 3 TE sets, and often used a tackle as the 3rd TE.

  10. datd00d says: Jul 19, 2012 10:03 AM

    I always thought this guy was pretty good but had to deal with awful quarterbacking for most of his career. Always a solid short-yardage and red zone threat.

    When Favre was on (in 2009), he had 11 TDs and 560 yards. Bet he could put up something similar with Brady if given the looks.

  11. jrs1972 says: Jul 19, 2012 10:04 AM

    Thats not the place to be if you are a tight end, the #1 in the nfl and the other is probably top 5 reside there. He’d see the field constantly.. from the bench.

  12. truthhurtstoo says: Jul 19, 2012 10:16 AM

    That’s whats happens when you don’t have any wideouts.

  13. bubba9er says: Jul 19, 2012 10:48 AM

    I think the Jets are looking for a few more QB’s this year, too.

  14. rc33 says: Jul 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    The Patriots brought in Dallas Clark for a look and they’ve already signed and released Bo Scaife this off season.
    What’s the deal with TE?
    31 other teams envy their TE situation but Belichick acts as if it’s a huge hole in the Patriots offense.
    Is Fells injured and not going to be ready for camp?

  15. purpleguy says: Jul 19, 2012 10:55 AM

    Good guy, decent TE, but nonetheless an illegal procedure penalty just waiting to happen.

  16. neurosports says: Jul 19, 2012 11:08 AM

    What a genious move by Belichek! He is bringing in shank in case anyone on the team gets a big head. All it takes is one post game shower with crank of shank to humble even Tom Brady.

  17. bunjy96 says: Jul 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    How about Tampa? Do they have any TE left after they dumped KW?

  18. wludford says: Jul 19, 2012 11:25 AM

    Shiancoe still has something in the tank, I think. He could displace one of the Pats other TEs.

  19. mike5011ad says: Jul 19, 2012 11:33 AM

    I was hoping Houston would take a look at him. Their #1, Owen Daniels, is good but has had a history of past knee problems. Their number two is actually their starting FB, James Casey. Garret Graham, the next TE, has only 1 career reception. They could use another vet, and Shiancoe is the best available.

  20. patsfiend says: Jul 19, 2012 11:35 AM

    … and they have the boss man waiting in the wings, too. Let’s not forget that. I was backpacking in the Sierras a couple weeks ago, and up around 10k feet ran into a Giants fan that was truly stung by the Boss signing. It wasn’t as good as winning the SB, but it was still sweat music to my ears.

    Pats are going to have a swarm of huge receivers running around mowing down cornerbacks.

  21. patriots87 says: Jul 19, 2012 12:34 PM

    Giants fan that was truly stung by the Boss signing.


    you mean the Ballard signing?

    Shiancoe is added insurance for gronks availability in camp/pratice player imo.

  22. londonfletcher says: Jul 19, 2012 12:58 PM

    What’s so hard to understand? They’re clearly going to be running a 6 TE offense this season.

  23. catquick says: Jul 19, 2012 1:46 PM

    Generally, only 2 can play at a time. If Gronk is on the bench for any lenght of time, the other team wins. I wonder if Gronks ankle is worse than thought to be. It would explain this TE collector set.

  24. belicheckyoself says: Jul 19, 2012 11:29 PM

    Neat. I like watching him play.
    They’re going to work the middle a lot better this year. Theyve more realistic deep threats on the outside to draw out coverage. Work the middle to suck em in then bam! Sometimes vice versa. This offense was already silly good last year and should improve significantly if they arent too blasted from injuries.
    Which allows them to get away with compressing the d more often, which i think has been the plan all along. What were they second to last in yards and second in they league by February 🙂
    I think they got it right this year. This is more like what it should look like on paper, what they always did well and frequently better than everyone.

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