The New England Patriots had the worst statistical tight end unit last season that included now retired Ben Watson, Matt Lacosse, and Ryan Izzo. New England’s head coach and defacto general manager Bill Belichick didn’t do enough to address the tight end spot last season after future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski retired. Gronkowski is returning to football this season, but he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to play with the Patriots former quarterback Tom Brady.
Bill Belichick made a lot of trades during this year’s Draft, and the Patriots traded up to draft two tight ends in the third round, UCLA’s Devin Asiasi and Virginia Tech’s Dalton Keene. Both picks were surprising as some of the higher ranking tight ends were still on the board, but Belichick seemed to like both players enough, that he was willing to give up both of the Patriots 2020 fourth round draft picks, and a sixth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, to New England’s divisional rivals the New York Jets.
Both players are highly athletic, play two completely different games, and both are projected to be projects. It’s expected that Asiasi could be a year-one starter for the Patriots, which isn’t that surprising. The Patriots entered the Draft with only Lacosse and Izzo on the roster.
In the video below, Ray Rauth from DPN Sports Talk discusses the Patriots newest tight ends live on SportsCastr Rauth does a deep dive into their skill set and fit within the Patriots offense.