6:23 PM EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
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Rookie TE Justin Jones back in fold

The New England Patriots have re-signed rookie tight end Justin Jones, who was released by the team on Aug. 10. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Jones played in the preseason opener but was let go three days later with Bill Belichick saying, "We're looking for guys that are improving and when they stop making improvements then ... you feel like you've got to move on." While Jones might not have been improving at the desired rate, he adds depth at a position where the Patriots are thin because the top three players on the depth chart -- Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui and D.

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Rob Gronkowski Takes Big Step For Patriots - @TheBuzzeronFOX

The hard-partying tight end looks like he might be getting close to 100 percent based off something we noticed from training camp. This could be great news for fantasy football owners. @TheBuzzer is a daily sports commentary, pop culture, and variety sh

New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston

Following up on TE Byham's contract

The Patriots announced the signing of tight end Nate Byham on Sunday, and here are the contract terms: Length: 1 year Base salary: $645,000 Split salary: $373,000 (in the event of injury) Salary-cap hit: $645,000 QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: This is a modest deal, with no bonus money, that reflects a player competing for a backup spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui. With the Patriots not re-signing veteran Matthew Mulligan, who filled a blocking-based role last season, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound Byham is a candidate to possibly step into that void.


NFL: Bill Belichick reacts to reporter

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts to a reporter's question about tight end Rob Gronkowski.