Scott Chandler isn't a "move" tight end, though. At 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, he's similar to Gronk. He's a massive in-line tight end and a matchup problem for all safeties.
The addition of Chandler could mean more snaps at wide receiver for Gronk. The Pats offense was particularly effective a year ago when both Gronk and Julian Edelman were split together on one side.
Keep an eye on Fred Davis here, too. In the midst of the Deflategate madness, the Pats signed the troubled tight end to a one-year deal. It's a flier, for sure, but Davis is a "move" tight end with plenty of talent and plenty of past off-the-field issues.
Chandler is no slouch. He produced in spots for the Bills and while he doesn't fit the profile of a typical "move" TE, the Pats could elect to use Gronk in that role while leaving Chandler inside.
Davis was suspended in 2014 following multiple off-the-field incidents. The Patriots have been aggressive at the tight end position this offseason by signing Scott Chandler and now Davis. It appears the team would like to get back to more of those two-TE sets they ran with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The 29-year-old Davis has receiving chops -- he caught 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games in 2011, and had a 48-509-6 season in 2009.
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:17pm
Former Washington tight end Fred Davis, suspended indefinitely by the NFL in February 2014 under the substance-abuse policy, has been reinstated, PFT’s Mike Florio reports.
NFL announces that Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely for violating the substance abuse policy.
Davis is a free agent but it doesn't look like he has much of a future in the NFL.
Davis is entering free agency so, if true, this suspension couldn't come at a worse time.
Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:35pm
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:43pm
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:32pm
Monday, November 25, 2013, 8:37pm
CB Tarell Brown (ribs), G Mike Iupati (knee), WR Quinton Patton (foot)
TE Jordan Reed (concussion)
DE Stephen Bowen (knee), S Jose Gumbs (ankle), RB Darrel Young (hamstring)
CB E.J. Biggers (knee), CB Josh Wilson (toe)
Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis will try to fill in for Reed in a not-so-favorable matchup against the 49ers. Paulsen had a TD in Week 10 vs. the Vikings but only finished with three yards, so neither is really a safe play. For the 49ers, WR Mario Manningham is questionable while QB Colin Kaepernick and RB Frank Gore are probable.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:08pm
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:10am
"I've never slept through a whole meeting, but I've nodded off,'' Davis said after practice. "I mean everyone nods off. It's dark in there. You nod off. You wake up — go get something to drink and go back.
"I've done that.''
Davis was asked if he had been hoping the team would trade him before the deadline Tuesday. "Definitely," he said. "If I was on another team, you'd see what I can do."
We're guessing, but if you're looking for a trade, telling a national newspaper that you fall asleep in team meetings is not the best way to go about boosting your stock.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 3:12pm
Monday, October 21, 2013, 5:28pm
Davis was inactive in Week 7 and Jordan Reed had a bust-out game.
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