Sam Cotton, age 23
The former Nebraska tight end played in six games over four years tallying 17 catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
Phil Perry of CSNNE.com wrote the following on Cotton:
"“At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Cotton was one of the more impressive athletes in this year’s rookie class of tight ends. His 4.80-second 40-yard dash — recorded at Nebraska’s pro day — was solid and would’ve ranked him 12th among tight ends at this year’s combine. Some of his other numbers, though, were more outstanding.”"
Cotton will compete with Lengel, O’Shaughnessy, and Hollister, for a spot on the team. Former-Patriot A.J. Derby earned a roster spot after wowing the in the preseason last year.
The details of his contract have yet to be released. Overall, the Patriots have to pleased with their tight ends heading into 2017. If Gronkowski stays healthy, this will be an elite unit in 2017.
Vertical jump: 35 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
Short shuttle: 4.48 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.26 seconds
Bench: 16 reps of 225 pounds