The New England Patriots won't have Matt LaCosse in the 2020 NFL season.
The 27-year-old tight end is opting out of the upcoming campaign, ESPN's Field Yates reported Sunday. ESPN's Mike Reiss provided additional context on LaCosse's decision:
Opt-out decisions are naturally very personal in nature for players. Specific to Patriots TE Matt LaCosse, some background: His wife, Jessica, is pregnant and the due date falls during the 2020 season.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 2, 2020
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LaCosse becomes the eight Patriots player who's opted out amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's the updated list:
RB: Brandon Bolden
FB: Dan Vitale
C/G: Najee Toran
OT: Marcus Cannon
WR: Marqise Lee
TE: Matt LaCosse
LB: Dont'a Hightower
S: Patrick Chung
LaCosse's absence leaves the Patriots with very little experience at tight end. The depth chart currently includes Ryan Izzo, who the Patriots drafted in 2018, as well as rookies Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi. Both Keene and Asiasi were third-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
LaCosse tallied 13 receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown in 11 games for the Patriots last season.