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Pats sign Michael Hoomanawanui

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The Patriots weren’t just window shopping for a tight end, they went ahead and signed one on Wednesday.

Michael Hoomanawanui signed a contract with the team after going to New England to meet with them on Tuesday, per his agent Rick Smith. The move reunites Hoomanawanui with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the two men worked together in St. Louis last season.

The Patriots haven’t announced the move yet, nor have they announced a coorresponding move to get Hoomanawanui on the roster. It’s expected that tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will be heading to injured reserve, although it’s not clear whether or not he would be given the designation allowing him to return to the active roster after eight weeks.

Hoomanawanui had 20 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams last season over the past two seasons, although he’s not coming to New England to challenge Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez for playing time. If you’re going to run two tight ends on just about every play, you’re going to need some depth and Hoomanawanui will be providing that first and foremost.

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6 Responses to “Pats sign Michael Hoomanawanui”
  1. homelanddefense says: Sep 5, 2012 2:10 PM

    the receiving numbers you cited are for his career, not last year.

  2. patriots123456 says: Sep 5, 2012 2:19 PM

    The only place in the organization with room for more tight ends is the cheerleading squad.

    I think they have plans to use as many as four at a time.

    They were hurting last year in the Superbowl because they didn’t have a backup for Gronk. Live & learn.

  3. chesslungo says: Sep 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    I think the rams gave up on Salas and Hoo too early. Kept J Smith too long

  4. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Sep 5, 2012 2:58 PM

    Ha i think theyre just signing every tight end so nobody else can have any. As a Bucc fan i think its funny they signed Hoom ( not attempting to spell since i cant even pronounce it) instead of kellen winslow jr. Whats say about your game Mr. winslow?

  5. ampats says: Sep 5, 2012 3:21 PM

    Aaron Hernandez is no longer a TE in the NE offfense. Looks like they will be rolling out a new offense featuring Hernandez as a WE not the traditional TE.That leaves Gronk,Fells, Shiancoe(short term IR) and Hoomanunami as TE.I have a feeling Hernandez is going to be all over the field.Somehow I think if Winslow’s knee is healthy,he may be on the roster.

    One thing about New England,their roster is a moving part.

  6. ramdomhaus says: Sep 5, 2012 8:28 PM

    Mike is a great pass catcher. So many great pass-catchers. Back to no Pats receiver having fantasy value.

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