Patriots add three tight ends, cut two tight ends

AP

The Patriots have a well-earned reputation for trying to stock the roster with talented tight ends, and they’ve made a few more moves on that front this morning.

Two tight ends, Justin Jones and Asa Watson, have been waived. Three other tight ends, Ben Hartsock, Steve Maneri and Terrence Miller, have been signed. The Patriots also cut running back Stephen Houston. The moves were first reported by Field Yates of ESPN.

Watson, an undrafted rookie and the brother of veteran NFL tight end Ben Watson, actually started Thursday’s preseason game, which shows how much depth charts mean this early in the preseason.

Hartsock is a 34-year-old veteran who has spent time with the Colts, Titans, Falcons, Jets and Panthers. Maneri will be going into his second stint with the Patriots and has also spent time with the Texans, Chiefs and Bears. Miller is an undrafted rookie out of Arizona.

26 responses to “Patriots add three tight ends, cut two tight ends

  1. Hartsock could be a lock, Pats had Matt Mulligan last year and was a good blocker.
    Maneri and Miller at least can catch (Jones and Watson were invisible even in that aspect)
    In the other hand, i can see these moves more for depth, with Gronk, Hooman and Williams limited in practice you need good blocking TEs.

  2. The #2 and #3 TEs on the roster were injured, so that gave the opportunity over to the last 2 guys on the roster who aren’t Gronk. This early cutting could be an attempt by the Patriots to try and sneak them under the radar by implying they are not that good or important so that they can be available later to add to the Practice Squad if this new group of TEs doesn’t have anything better to show.

  3. Wow Bill Belichick you must really love Panthers GM Dave Gettleman. What’s wrong with your scouting department?

    Signed LB Anderson, RB Gaffney, WR Lafell, Now TE Ben Hartsock.

    What’s next Raid thePanthers Practice Squad? Dang you have been going through players like changing a babies diaper. No wonder no one will give Brady a high five.

    At last count I was at 63 players and that was last week.

  4. Pats are definitely thin at TE which is not a good thing with this offense.

    They need somebody who can catch in addition to Gronk. Blocking TEs are all well and good, but they are supposed to be receivers too.

  5. “The Patriots have a well-earned reputation for trying to stock the roster with talented tight ends, …”

    That’s because the Patriots are on the forefront of recognizing the match-up advantages that abound utilizing TEs … including the double-tight formation.

    My team (the Steelers) has had a lot of problems with the Pats — but you do have to give New England credit for recognizing the tactical edge that TEs open up if properly utilized. Other teams seem to be catching on … much like how other teams adopted LeBeau’s 3-4 zone blitz packages.

  6. This is what happens when u fail to address the position for real in the draft. I love Gronk and Mcourty but this team lacks depth at TE and Saftey. Also lack depth at LB and throw in lack of a bruiser at RB. And Keller twists in the wind cuz they want him on the cheap.
    Good job Bill.

  7. The pats made it to the AFC game with a really bad receiver corps last year and a make shift defense.

    I see no reason why we can not make it to the super bowl again.

  8. The cheating was still going strong during the Matt Cassel days bro. Everyone knows they had the radio cheating going and Cassel would get the defensive alignment and coverages while in the huddle. Surely you’ve noticed how much Cassel has stunk without the cheating???

    Put him in there now and it’s 0-and-whatever.

    Sing it with me: “You can fool yourself but you ain’t foolin’ no one else”

  9. Gronk is big, but fragile. The Pats know they’ll be damn lucky to get 8 games out of him. They have no other dominant TE and no top-notch WR. Unless their offensive line rules, Brady’s gonna spend a lotta time pulling turn out of his facemask. In any case, they need to have somebody’s phone # ready when Gronk goes on IR.

  10. dalcow4 says:
    Aug 10, 2014 8:41 PM
    The cheating was still going strong during the Matt Cassel days bro. Everyone knows they had the radio cheating going and Cassel would get the defensive alignment and coverages while in the huddle. Surely you’ve noticed how much Cassel has stunk without the cheating???

    Put him in there now and it’s 0-and-whatever.

    Sing it with me: “You can fool yourself but you ain’t foolin’ no one else”

    Where’s your proof? Ill sit here and drink my coffee waiting for your conspiracy theory

  11. Your comparing Cassell on the Pats with him now on Vikes… Two totally different team… Pretty dumb logic hater!!

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