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NFL rumors: Patriots hosting former Broncos tight end for free agent visit

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NFL rumors: Patriots hosting former Broncos tight end for free agent visit

The New England Patriots need depth at tight end, and they reportedly will be hosting one for a free agent visit Thursday. 

Matt LaCosse, who's played three seasons in the NFL, will meet with the Patriots, per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

Lacosse spent the 2018 season with the Denver Broncos. He tallied 24 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown in 15 games for the Broncos.

The 26-year-old spent his first two pro seasons with the New York Giants but played in only five games total. 

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has not made a decision on whether he'll retire or return in 2019, and New England released veteran tight end Dwayne Allen last week.

The Patriots, given their lack of depth at the position, figure to be in the mix for a tight end during next month's 2019 NFL Draft, where they currently have a league-high 12 picks, including six in the first three rounds.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Reuben Frank on how SB52 changed expectations in Philly; Patriots edge over Eagles

Patriots Talk Podcast: Reuben Frank on how SB52 changed expectations in Philly; Patriots edge over Eagles

More Patriots-Eagles matchup talk ahead of the Super Bowl 52 rematch Sunday in Philly, plus NBC Sports Philly's Reuben Frank joins Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry to talk about lasting impact the Eagles' Super victory had on the franchise.

2:30 - Phil Perry and Tom Curran break down the Eagles offensive advantages over the Patriots, including their success in two-tight end sets. Should Stephon Gilmore shadow Zach Ertz to try and lock him down?

10:50 - The Eagles offensive line has been one of the best in the league this year and could allow Philly's run game to break out vs. the Patriots.

14:53 - Tom argues that the Patriots' biggest advantage over the Eagles is their top-ranked secondary.

18:22 - Phil explains how the Patriots hurry-up offense could be used to tire out the Eagles' strong pass rush.

22:26 - Reuben Frank from NBC Sports Philadelphia joins Tom and Phil to talk about the Eagles Super Bowl 52 win over the Patriots, the expectations that win put on the city, and just how bad the Eagles wide receiver corps is this season.

37:40 - Tom caught up with Ben Watson to get his take on the workout being held for Colin Kaepernick.

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Here are teams joining Patriots for Colin Kaepernick's workout Saturday

Here are teams joining Patriots for Colin Kaepernick's workout Saturday

The Patriots will have plenty of company when they send a representative to watch Colin Kapernick work out Saturday in Atlanta. 

Here are the other 10 teams who will be attending, the NFL said in a statement on Thursday:

Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
Miami Dolphins
New York Giants
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Washington Redskins

"We expect additional teams to commit," the league's statement said.

Here are the particulars on when the workout will begin and what it entails, via Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:

Former Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson will lead the workout and ex-Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin will assist him.  

 

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