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Patriots: Free agent tight end targets all have injury concerns

Anybody with eyes knows the New England Patriots need to do something about their tight end position.

In 2019, 18 different players logged at least one reception during the team’s regular season campaign. If you rank all 18 of them in descending order from the most receiving yardage to the least, you get a list that starts (predictably) with Julian Edelman and ends with Eric Tomlinson, a tight end/fullback who only played two games with the Pats.

In the midst of all the other names in between Edelman and Tomlinson are three tight ends: Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse, and Ryan Izzo — all three in straight succession.