Why undrafted rookie free agent TE Andrew Beck has good chance of making Patriots 53-man roster


The Patriots didn't draft a tight end in the NFL draft, but that doesn't mean they skipped out on addressing the position all together.

Among their undrafted rookies signed following the draft was Texas tight end Andrew Beck, and he may have a good chance of making the 53-man roster.

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Beck received $115,000 in guaranteed money, which is among the tops in the NFL for a UDFA. This gives some indication the Patriots liked him a lot and felt there would be a great deal of competition for his services.

By giving him that amount of money, they are more committed to him than any other undrafted rookie and thus could give him the best chance of making the team. The Patriots have had an undrafted rookie make their initial 53-man roster in 15 straight seasons.

In five years at Texas, Beck finished with 39 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns. He missed the entire 2017 season due to a broken foot, which is why he got a fifth year. He was also a captain last year.

The Patriots do not have much at the tight end position at the moment, as their depth chart has just Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo.

Below are what the other Patriots UDFA's received.

Any rookie that makes the 53 man roster this fall will earn a $495k salary. But here is how much guaranteed money the Patriots gave each of their undrafted rookies regardless of whether they make the team. The guys at the top are good bets for the practice squad at minimum: pic.twitter.com/5OYzDGMtvC

— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 4, 2019