Currently on the Patriots squad at the tight end position is four-year veteran Matt LaCosse. LaCosse was seen taking the top reps at minicamp. Benjamin Watson is highly likely to be a big part of the rotation, but only after he serves his four-game suspension at the start of the year. Rounding out the depth chart at tight end for the Patriots are Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo.
Newly acquired Roberts spent his first two seasons with the Lions, totaling 13 receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns in 23 regular-season games. While he had breakout moments last season, he struggled with injuries. This led the Lions to rework their tight end room and ultimately landed Roberts in tough spot where it was uncertain if he would make the roster.