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Patriots Sign Tight End Clay Harbor

The Patriots like to have plenty of tight end depth on their roster, and after acquiring Martellus Bennett, New England turned their attention to a third tight end, signing former Jaguar Clay Harbor.

The Patriots are not shy about their affection for the tight end position, and they use it heavily in their offense, either passing or running. New England easily has the best one-two punch at tight end with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, and yesterday they added another, signing former Jaguar Clay Harbor. Harbor will man the third tight end position, assuming the Patriots don't draft someone.

Harbor, 29, was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 4th Round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He's listed at 6'3, 253 pounds, and he's appeared in 83 games, starting 35. Harbor has compiled 111 catches for 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns. His best season came in 2013 when he finished with 24 catches for 292 yards and two touchdowns. 

Harbor attended Missouri State where he spent five years (redshirted as a freshman). After sitting out in 2006, Harbor played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman, making six catches for 73 yards and one touchdown. He started two games at wide receiver, a position he literally grew out of as his career progressed. In 2008, the move to tight end was made official and Harbor exploded onto the scene. He finished with 45 catches for 647 yards, setting school records in the process, and he was also named third team All-America along with Missouri State's Offensive Player of the Year. 

Harbor had an excellent junior season too, making 40 receptions for 457 yards and he earned Second Team AP All America along with once again winning Missouri State's Offensive Player of the Year. His senior year was what everyone expected- his best season. He finished with 59 catches for 729 yards and garnered all types of accolades from All American status to league MVP. 

Harbor has a rare mix of speed and size, but he hasn't been able to replicate his college production in the pros. In the Patriots tight end-happy offense, this may be his best opportunity to provide solid production and take advantage of his skill set.

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