Oct 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Nate Byham (82) celebrates a touchdown scored by running back Doug Martin (22) during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Sign TE Nate Byham

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots have filled their final open roster spot by signing tight end Nate Byham.

The New England Patriots and free-agent tight end Nate Byham have agreed to terms on a contract, according to a league source. Byham will fill the 90th and final spot on the roster, pending a physical.

The Pats are thin at the tight end position, with Rob Gronkowski recovering from knee surgery, there is no guarantee he will be able to participate in the majority of camp. So even though Byham may never play a down in New England, it is good to have some depth to work with in training camp, so the rest of the offense doesn’t suffer.

As Reiss mentions, Byham is mainly a blocking tight end, much like Michael Hoomanawanui, who serves as the primary backup to Gronkowski.

In his three year career, Byham has totaled 11 receptions, 83 yards, and one touchdown.

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