Dec 11, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Daniel Fells (86) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots set to activate Daniel Fells


According to a source close to the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots are set to activate blocking tight end Daniel Fells from the PUP list in a move that is expected after a CSNNE report that Fells and Sebastian Vollmer would be coming off of the PUP in the “very near future”. He will be practicing with the Pats “very soon”.

A shin injury that has plagued the veteran tight end throughout his career caused him to miss every single training camp practice, but Fells should still be able to make the roster. The Patriots signed him to a three-year deal this offseason, and Bill Belichick reportedly likes the blocking that Fells brings to the table. He will likely make the 53-man roster over Visanthe Shiancoe, thus giving the Patriots three tight ends with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez being the other two in the top trio that the NFL has to offer.

Daniel Fells was given a deal that can be worth $7 million and included a $1 million signing bonus, so the former Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams tight end is a significant investment for the team; he’s making the cut.

Fells isn’t much of a pass-catcher and will be sparingly targeted with two star tight ends on the roster, but he did provide the Broncos with some red zone presence last season with three touchdown catches. In 2010, Fells had a good finale with the Rams with a career-high 41 catches. While he is more of a blocker- and for good reason, he’s solid in that regard, he can make an impact as a pass-catcher if called upon.

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