The New England Patriots have activated tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.


The New England Patriots have activated tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. (FILE:USPresswire)

Shiancoe, who was placed on injured reserve with designation to return on Sept. 5, had less than a week to be placed on the 53-man roster or he would be lost for the season.

The Patriots had an open roster spot after running back Brandon Bolden¬†was suspended four games on Friday for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

Analysis:

The addition of Shiancoe to the Patriots roster means the team now has five tight ends; Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui & now, Shiancoe.

New England loves the versatility of these players and having them on the field creates a tough match-up for any defense. Whether these players are by the offensive line, split out wide, or even in the fullback position, it gives the Pats a lot of options.

When Bolden returns, I would expect the team to release one of the tight ends, but they now have four weeks to make that decision. Shiancoe adds a veteran presence with experience blocking and catching. While I don’t think he’ll be targeted too often, he should add a lot of value and more importantly, insurance moving forward with the season.

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