"The Patriots released TE Will Yeatman, obviously with the thought that he'd make it through waivers and potentially re-sign with the team. After all, there's no way they'd let a cheaper version of a future Rob Gronkowski get away, would they?
"A rookie free agent pick-up in July, Yeatman signed shortly after the NFL Lockout ended. The team had a number of options at TE, bringing in some names from the past like Garrett Mills — the Tulsa H-back the team tried to sneak onto the practice squad until Brad Childress claimed him off waivers, then went public about it — and bringing back Carson Butler, a guy they liked in last year's camp. The team even drafted another tight End, Lee Smith from Marshall.
"Yeatman had a decent camp, showing up in the early preseason games as a passing option for New England's backups QBs. His build, 6-6, 269 pounds, allows him to use his mass for blocking. Like Gronkowski had to, Yeatman will have to work on his strength as a rookie, but his size is enough that he could be an extra tackle option for the team's heavy packages if one of the tackles isn't healthy.
"Although he finished the preseason with five catches for 30 yards, not overwhelming numbers, he finished with more than you'd expect for a blocking type tight end."