Following the 2022 NFL Draft and their UDFA signings, the Patriots still had three roster spots to fill before spring practices begin at the end of May. They filled one of those spots on Wednesday, claiming tight end Matt Sokol off waivers from the Detroit Lions.
Sokol was waived by the Lions on Tuesday in a post-draft roster move. The 26-year-old has spent time with three teams in six different stints in his career. He entered the league as a UDFA out of Michigan State with the Chargers in 2019, and spent his rookie season between their practice squad and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad. His 2020 season saw him spend time with the Lions and Chargers, before returning to Jacksonville in 2021. He then signed a futures deal with Detroit back in January.
In that time, Sokol appeared in two NFL games, both with the Chargers in 2020. He logged 15 snaps on offense and 20 on special teams. He spent the earlier part of that season on the Lions’ practice squad, while current Patriots senior football advisor was the head coach in Detroit.
Now in New England, Sokol will compete for a backup tight end role. 2021 free agent signings Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith are likely embedded as starters, with 2020 draft picks Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene the only other tight ends on the roster. At 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, Sokol is the biggest tight end currently on the Patriots’ roster.
With Sokol signed, the Patriots now have 88 players on their roster. They have two more roster spots available. Last year, they continued to round out the roster throughout spring practices, so any other moves may not be imminent.
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