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BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots boast two of the most dynamic and dangerous tight ends in the entire NFL, but for Bill Belichick, there’s always room for more talent.
That’s why the team worked out free-agent tight end Kellen Winslow on Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe and ProFootballTalk.com.
Winslow, 29, was released by the Seahawks this summer, but he’s coming off a 75-catch, 763-yard season with the Buccaneers. In fact, over his last three seasons in Tampa, he played in all 48 games, averaging 72.7 catches for 792.3 yards and hauling in 12 touchdowns. His best season came in 2007 with the Browns, when he caught 82 passes for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns.
Of course, the Patriots already have Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez on the roster, as well as Visanthe Shiancoe and Daniel Wells. However, the releases of Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth and Deion Branch have led to speculation that the Patriots’ offense could be more focused on tight ends than wide receivers this season.
In roster news, the team released fullback Eric Kettani, according to reports. Kettani was on the practice squad, though he’s been with the team between his stints in the Navy since 2009.
The Patriots also worked out quarterback Mike Kafka, according to reports.