NFL News: New England Patriots Being Choosy With Another Tight End Axed

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 05/18/17 03:33AM EDT

The New England Patriots are making NFL news again after letting go of tight end Rob Housler who was competing for the third spot on the depth chart. Housler was already the second player at the position that the Patriots released in two weeks. Before him, it was Michael Williams who left Foxborough.  

According to ESPN, Housler was released by New England with the failed physical designation. Despite his departure, the report suggested that the Patriots are unlikely to run out of backup choices at the tight end. It was mentioned that the competition for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart will now feature Matt Lengel, James O'Shaughnessy, and Jacob Hollister. Fullbacks James Develin and Glenn Gronkowski are also viewed as potential candidates for the job. 

As seen on reports, it was back in January when the Patriots welcomed Housler to New England via a reserve/future contract. Before his time with the reigning NFL champions, the 29-year-old suited up for the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted him in 2011 (69th overall pick), Cleveland Browns, and the Chicago Bears. 

It is unknown if the Patriots are planning to continue executing roster adjustments. As of this moment, for their tight end position, the only certainties are the tasks of Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Gronkowski, who continues to recover from last season's injuries, will still be the starter. Meanwhile, Allen, who was acquired via trade from the Indianapolis Colts last March, is going to be the second-stringer. 

New England already accomplished blockbuster moves this offseason which made it one of the busiest organizations in the NFL. It can be expected that there will still be changes taking place within the Patriots ahead of their title defense, but these would likely be minor ones. 

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