Patriots remain busy Thursday by reportedly signing veteran tight end, defensive lineman

Ryan Hannable
March 14, 2019 - 5:57 pm
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After being quiet the first few days of the legal tampering period and free agency, the Patriots have picked up the pace.

On top of Bruce Ellington, Maurice Harris and Terrence Brooks, the team has also signed defensive lineman Mike Pennel and tight end Matt LaCosse, this according to ESPN's Field Yates.

LaCosse was in for a visit Thursday, while Pennel has been with the Jets the last two seasons.

The 26-year-old tight end was picked up by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2015 before bouncing back-and-forth between the active roster and practice squad. He joined the Broncos late in 2017. Last year with Denver, he finished with 24 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown. LaCosse is 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, so he can help in the blocking game as well.

Pennell, who stands 6-foot-4, 332 pounds gives the Patriots some depth on the interior line and could help replace Malcom Brown, who has signed with the Saints. In 16 games with the Jets last year, he finished with 27 tackles. The 27-year-old spent his first three years in the league with the Packers before spending the last two in New York.

Again, not big names -- but that seems to be the trend so far.

Related: Patriots reportedly sign WR Maurice Harris

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