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Former EKU Player Lengel Added To New England Patriots Roster


RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University tight end Matt Lengel (pictured) was added to the New England Patriot roster on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Lengel had been on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad the last two seasons.


Lengel, who’s 6-foot-7 and 266 pounds, went undrafted out of EKU in 2015, but has been a regular on the Bengals’ practice squad since the start of the 2015 season.

The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania played tight end for the Colonels from 2010 to 2014. He fought back from season-ending injuries in 2012 and 2013 to play in 12 games as a senior with nine starts. He hauled in a season-high three receptions four times in 2014 and finished fifth on the squad with 16 catches for 139 yards. Lengel recorded his only two collegiate touchdown catches in 2011, which included a 55-yard scoring play against Chattanooga.

By NFL rule, Lengel must occupy a spot on the Patriots’ roster for at least three weeks. New England had an open spot on its roster after trading Jamie Collins.

EKU faces in-state rival Murray State Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Patriots are off this weekend, but will host Seattle on Nov. 13 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

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