If he plays in 2019, Rob Gronkowski will continue to top the Patriots' tight end depth chart. Either way, though, LaCosse adds solid depth to a unit that also includes Jacob Hollister, Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound LaCosse caught 24 passes for 250 yards and a TD in 15 games for the Broncos in 2018.
LaCosse is a restricted free agent but with the Broncos declining to tender him a contract he turns into an unrestricted free agent. The 26-year-old had 24 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown in 15 games in 2018.
LaCosse finished 2018 having caught 24 of 37 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown.
The fact that LaCosse was even on the roster Week 1 was somewhat of a surprise, the product of rookie Troy Fumagalli (sports hernia) being lost during camp and some nice grabs by LaCosse by the preseason. A wave of additional injuries in the Broncos' tight end room, with Jeff Heuerman (ribs) and Jake Butt (ACL) heading to injured reserve, eventually pushed LaCosse up to the top of the depth chart. The Illinois product responded well and improved as the season wore on, ending with nine catches off 14 targets in his final two outings. The Broncos will surely work toward improved depth at the position in 2019, but LaCosse -- who will be an exclusive-rights free agent -- offers a solid underneath option at No. 2 or No. 3.
LaCosse (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Chargers, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
After he was held out of a Week 16 loss in Oakland, LaCosse was limited both Wednesday and Thursday by a right foot injury. The aforementioned cap in his workload did wonders, though, as he returned to full participation at Friday's session. LaCosse has been productive at times this season, but in a previous meeting with the Chargers, he gathered in just one of his two targets for nine yards.
LaCosse (foot) was limited at practice Wednesday, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
LaCosse was inactive for Monday night's game against the Raiders after logging limited practices this past Friday and Saturday. His continued participation suggests that he could suit up Sunday against the Chargers, but at 6-9 the Broncos have no incentive to rush the tight end back this weekend if he's less than 100 percent.
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