Patriots Waive/Injured TE Matt Lengel & DE Caleb Kidder


The New England Patriots announced that they’ve waived TE Matt Lengel (injured) and DE Caleb Kidder on Sunday.

Should Lengel pass through waivers unclaimed, he would revert to the team’s injured reserve list on Monday.

Lengel, 26, wound up signing on with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Kentucky back in May of last year. He spent his rookie season on the team’s practice squad before returning to the team on a future/reserve contract this past January.

The Bengals once again waived him coming out of the preseason and later signed him to their practice squad. Lengel was eventually signed off of the Bengals’ practice squad by the Patriots in November of last year.

New England brought Lengel back on a one-year, exclusive rights contract this past April.

In 2016, Lengel appeared in six games and caught two passes for 22 yards receiving and one touchdown.

Kidder, 23, signed a three-year, $1.66 million contract with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Montana this past May. He was set to make base salaries of $465,000 and $555,000 over the first two years of the agreement when the Vikings cut him loose last month.

The Patriots signed him to a contract a few days later.

During his college career at Montana, Kidder recorded 165 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, two blocks and 13 pass defenses over the course of 31 games.


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