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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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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

1:24 - Tom E. Curran is joined by General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons Thomas Dimitroff, who talks about his impressions of Bill Belichick following the NFL meetings in March.

9:55 - Before letting him go, Tom gets Dimitroff's thoughts on the batch of receivers in the upcoming draft.

13:58 - Tom breaks down each and every matchup of the Patriots 2019 schedule, from their Week 1 opener vs. the Steelers, to their tough Week 5-through-9 stretch  (18:31), to an interesting December with games against the Texans and Chiefs (23:55).

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

Two of the Patriots' last seven first-round draft picks have been offensive tackles: Isaiah Wynn and Nate Solder.

And though tackle doesn't seem to be a pressing first-round need this year, there's no doubt that New England could look to beef up that position by going back to the well at some point in this year's draft.

The Patriots don't have an obvious candidate for their swing tackle spot at the moment. Plus, there could be shakeup coming up front in 2020. Joe Thuney will be a free agent, and if the Patriots want the flexibility to move Wynn to guard, then a tackle from this year's draft class would make sense. 

Based on past picks in the Belichick era, Phil Perry takes a look at some tackles who fit the Patriots' mold and could work in Foxboro this fall.

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