Earlier this week, the Patriots released Tight Ends Asa Watson and Justin Jones, then signed Tight Ends Ben Hartsock, Steve Maneri and Terrence Miller.
In a recent flurry of moves, the Patriots have released both Hartsock and Miller, leaving Maneri as the only new Tight End still on the roster.
One of the Tight Ends was released to make way for Jerel Worthy, who the Patriots traded for earlier this week. The release of the other Tight End might signal the signing of another player (hopefully Dustin Keller).
Hartsock is known for his blocking, he has caught less than 50 passes in 10 years. Miller was originally signed by the Jets, but released not long after his signing. The Patriots have decided to keep Maneri (for the time being) probably because he started off as an Offensive lineman, and has also played for the Patriots before. He has since slimmed down and has been working on his receiving abilities. The Patriots may be interested in Maneri’s blocking ability and want to see what he can do as a Tight End as well.
The Patriots now have room on their current roster and will likely fill that spot prior to their preseason game with the Eagles Friday night. If the Patriots decide to sign another Tight End, Tom Crabtree may be on their radar (if Keller is still not healthy). Crabtree has played with Green Bay and most recently with Tampa Bay, while Greg Schiano was their head coach.
Schiano and Belichick have a well documented friendship. So Schiano’s opinion of Crabtree may influence Belichick’s decision of signing another Tight End.