The New England Patriots are giving the rookie a shot.
After being activated from injured reserve Saturday, first-year tight end Dalton Keene is active for Sunday's Week 13 matchup against the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Keene has appeared in just one game this season and caught one pass for eight yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7.
The Chargers have allowed nine touchdowns to tight ends this season -- tied for the most in the NFL -- so perhaps Keene and starting tight end Ryan Izzo will see a few targets from Cam Newton.
Safety Terrence Brooks is a notable inactive for New England, as he'll miss his first game of 2020. The veteran played just two defensive snaps in last Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals and hasn't seen more than 13 defensive snaps since Week 8.
The Chargers, meanwhile, will be without starting linebacker Denzel Perryman but will welcome back cornerback Casey Heyward, who missed Week 12 with a groin injury.
Here are the full inactive lists for the Patriots and Chargers.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-6)
QB Brian Hoyer
RB J.J. Taylor
DT Isaiah Mack
DE Tashawn Bower
SS Terrence Brooks
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-8)
QB Easton Stick
WR Joe Reed
RB Troymaine Pope
LB Denzel Perryman
OT Sam Tevi
OT Tyree St. Louis
DT Cortez Broughton