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Patriots Make Pre-Draft Free-Agent Signing At Tight Finish Spot

All eyes this week are on what the New England Patriots will do with the No. 3 general choose in Thursday’s NFL draft.

However the Patriots have been busy a number of days earlier than the marquee offseason occasion by making a free-agent signing so as to add depth to their offense.

The Patriots introduced Monday that they signed tight finish Mitchell Wilcox, who spent the final three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Phrases of the contract weren’t disclosed.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Wilcox is extra of a blocking tight finish as he didn’t convey a lot to Cincinnati’s passing recreation. He caught 29 passes for 211 yards and one landing in three seasons.

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The 27-year-old South Florida product, who was an undrafted free agent and signed with the Bengals observe squad in 2020, was sturdy, although, suiting up in 48 of 51 video games. Whereas he by no means performed in additional than 45% of Cincinnati’s offensive snaps in a season, he does have versatility by with the ability to play on particular groups. Wilcox performed 69% of the Bengals particular groups snaps final season.

Wilcox offers the Patriots an alternative choice at tight finish after they already re-signed Hunter Henry and obtained Austin Hooper by way of free company this offseason. La’Michael Pettway, who was signed to the observe squad in late December, can also be on the roster.

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