Sources around the league expected the New England Patriots to sign Jordan Leggett. However, it sounds like that won’t be happening. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots will not sign Leggett, despite contrary reports from yesterday.
The Patriots will not be signing TE Jordan Leggett, per source.
The team could look at other available options to add depth at the position, with Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi projecting for key roles as rookies.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 11, 2020
Report: Jordan Leggett Will Not Sign With Patriots
This move was supposed to come after tight end Matt LaCosse opted out of the 2020 NFL season. LaCosse spent 2019 with the New England Patriots and projected as the top tight end on the team, at least entering the season. Without LaCosse, rookie tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene would have battled incumbent Ryan Izzo for playing time. Leggett will join in that battle, although he’s no sure thing to make the roster.
Leggett spent the 2019 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After competing throughout camp, the former fifth-round pick couldn’t make the 53-man roster out of camp and started the year on the practice squad. The team eventually promoted him to the active roster but didn’t make it into any games. Eventually, the team parted ways with Leggett on July 30th, 2020.
Jordan Leggett initially entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Selected by the New York Jets, the Clemson product had a chance to immediately earn a starting job following a four-game suspension for incumbent Austin Seferian-Jenkins. However, Leggett suffered a knee injury during the preseason and had to undergo season-ending surgery. Leggett returned to the field in 2018 and played in 15 games while making four starts. During his time on the field, the second-year pro recorded 14 receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown on 24 targets. Six of his targets went for first downs and he averaged 4.8 yards-per-target.