Lengel signed his exclusive rights tender with the Patriots on Tuesday. Lengel played in six games for New England last season, catching two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. He'll likely be the team's No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski (back) and Dwayne Allen in 2017.
Lengel was tendered to one-year contract by the Patriots on Tuesday, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports. The tender means Lengel can either accept the deal or be forced to sit out the upcoming season. In six games last season, the tight end recorded two catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. The 26-year-old now will compete for a reserve tight end spot on the 53-man roster.
Lengel finished the 2016 regular season with two catches for 22 yards and a TD in six games. The 26-year-old didn't make much of a fantasy splash in 2016, but he did provide the Patriots with needed tight end depth behind Martellus Bennett after Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending injury. The team figures to make some moves at tight end during the upcoming offseason, and with that in mind, it remains to seen if Lengel will be part of the Patriots' plans in 2017.
Lengel signed a contract with the Patriots on Wednesday. Lengel (6-7, 266) is a second-year player out of Eastern Kentucky who had spent the near of entirety of his NFL career, up until now, on the Bengals' practice squad. He's mainly a blocking specialist though, and prospectively carries little fantasy appeal as the No. 3 tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Kansas City Chiefs||7||5.41|
|2||09/17||@New Orleans Saints||16||6.88|
|5||10/06||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||6.13|
|6||10/15||@New York Jets||27||8.75|
|8||10/29||Los Angeles Chargers||14||6.50|
|17||12/31||New York Jets||27||8.75|
|3 Year Avg||3||2||22||1||1||11.00||8|