Patriots sign former Jets and Giants tight end Eric Tomlinson

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By Matt McCarthy,

The Patriots are bringing in another tight end as the team searches for stability at a position where they have gotten little production for the first six weeks of the season.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Pats are signing Eric Tomlinson, who has been released by both the Jets and Giants this season.

The 6-foot-6, 263-pound Tomlinson spent three seasons with the Jets after going undrafted out of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015. He has played in 39 NFL games and has hauled in 16 catches and one touchdown. He is considered more of a blocking tight end than a pass catcher and has experience on special teams.

Tomlinson is expected to join Ryan Izzo and Ben Watson, who was re-signed Monday, on the depth chart at tight end.

The Patriots will need to make a corresponding move to make room for both Tomlinson and Watson on the 53-man roster. They officially announced the move of fullback Jakob Johnson to injured reserve, but there needs to be one more opening.

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