The day after their victory against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday was an eventful one for the New England Patriots. Shane Vereen and Zach Sudfeld were both revealed to be injured in the aftermath of the opener. Those injuries could have important implications for the team’s future.
In Vereen’s case, there is no shortage of bodies to fill in for him like Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden, and LeGarrette Blount. Although Vereen is an important, dynamic playmaker, the Patriots should be fine without him for a few weeks.
Sudfeld, on the other hand, will not be replaced as easily on the offense. As of right now, with his hamstring injury clouding his Week 2 status, the team only has one healthy TE left on the roster, Michael Hoomanawanui. Rob Gronkowski is nearing a return to action, but he is not quite ready to go yet.
With that being the case, the team needs to bring in someone at the tight end spot both for depth reasons and to play alongside Hooman. This brings me to Daniel Fells.
Fells is a decent TE who can block and has adequate hands. He knows the system and has a good relationship with both Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels. It was considered a surprise by many when he was cut by the team before final roster cuts along with former teammate Jake Ballard.
Assuming that Fells is healthy from a concussion he reportedly suffered in the preseason, he should be brought in for at least this week. That way you will have a competent tight end to team up with Hooman.
The Patriots have no better solution on their active roster, and the free agent wire, apart from Fells, is abysmal at the tight end position. The team would not have to pay him more than the veteran minimum, and now that Week 1 is officially in the books, his contract would most likely be a non-guaranteed, team-friendly deal.
This move makes too much sense for the Patriots, and it could wind up happening in time for the New York Jets‘ game on Thursday night. Signing him would help take off some of the pressure off rookies like Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce, and the Patriots would be smart to pull the trigger on a deal.