TE Dalton Keene looking forward to teaming up with Devin Asiasi following being roommates at NFL Combine

Ryan Hannable
April 25, 2020 - 12:18 pm

New Patriots tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene won't need an introduction when they meet at the Gillette Stadium facility, whenever that may be.

The two were actually roommates at the NFL Combine.

Speaking on a conference call Saturday, Keene said he's looking forward to teaming up with Asiasi and isn't looking at it as a competition between the two.

“I am actually really excited about that because I think we will complement each other really well," he said. "I was actually roommates with him at the combine, so I got a chance to get to know him. He is an awesome guy. I am really excited.”

Asiasi doesn't have as much experience as Keene, as last season at UCLA was really his first extensive playing time. He finished the year with 44 catches for 641 yards and four touchdowns, while being a Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 team member. Keene, who comes from Virginia Tech, is more of a jack-of-all-trades tight end as he moves all around the field, including lining up in the backfield sometimes. He never reached 90 receiving yards in any of his 38 career starts, but does have great hands and didn't commit a single penalty last season.

Keene said he wasn't all that surprised he was selected by the Patriots as he talked to them quite a bit in the pre-draft process.

“I couldn’t be more excited right now," he said.

The two rookies will join Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo at the tight end position in really what will be a wide open competition over the summer to earn roster spots and playing time.

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