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Earlier yesterday, free agent Tight End Dustin Keller visited the Patriots and completed a workout. The Patriots are already limited at this position, with Rob Gronkowski coming off of a knee injury that he suffered last year. However, Keller is also recovering from an extensive knee injury and could be a huge risk for the Patriots if he gets hurt again.
A 2008 Draft pick(#30) by the Jets, Keller has good experience as a run blocking tight end that can help counter the Patriots offense if Gronkowski remains healthy and faces double coverage. At 6’2″ and 250 lbs, Keller can provide a level of protection that will give the Patriots an added edge in the AFC East this season.
Additionally, New England Patriots fans are waiting to see what the prognosis will be with regards to Gronkowski. Gronkowski is currently recovering from his own MCL and ACL injuries, and is making a slow recovery. We can only hope that he will be healthy in time for the season opener against Miami on September 7th.
Finally, the Patriots signed LB Josh Hull after he was released by the St. Louis Rams after the end of last season. At 6’3″ and 246 lbs, Hull should be a good addition to the defensive line and will be with the team for an extended period of time, although the terms of the contract were not immediately released.
The Patriots recently extended their option on Nate Solder, who took over for Matt Light in 2012 at the Left Tackle position. Solder has been equally dependable on the offensive line and helps protect Tom Brady from getting injured. The option keeps Solder as a member of the Patriots team through the 2015 season, and does not prevent them from conducting any type of contract negotiations.