Patriots Sign Michael Hoomanawanui; Rams Carrying Just 3 Tight Ends

ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 21: Michael Hoomanawanui #86 of the St. Louis Rams hauls in a touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons at the Edward Jones Dome on November 21 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Falcons beat the Rams 34-17. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Josh McDaniels is getting the gang back together. Days after the New England Patriots dealt for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Greg Salas, they will add another former Ram. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui will be added to the team's 53-man roster on Wednesday.

For those of you keeping score at home, the Patriots now have two former St. Louis tight ends in their stable. Hoomanawanui joins Daniel Fells on the depth chart behind the incomparable Ron Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

The Washington Redskins had added Hoomanawanui to their practice squad after the Rams released him over the weekend. I was short of shocked that Hoomanawanui was still eligible for a practice squad, but injuries have severely limited his playing time, something that Fisher and Snead no doubt considered before releasing him.

St. Louis' tight ends are led by another McDaniels pick, perhaps his most famous during his strange stint in St. Louis, Lance Kendricks. The Rams surprised fans and pundits alike when the claimed the Wisconsin product with their second-round pick, thanks to some last minute lobbying by McDaniels himself.

The Rams' tight end rotation behind Kendricks includes Matthew Mulligan, a former Jet and UDFA surprise Mike McNeill. That's only three tight ends on the final roster right now.

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