Matt LaCosse

New England Patriots
Tight End #81
New England Patriots
Tight End #81

Matt LaCosse News

Stepping away

LaCosse is retiring from the NFL, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: LaCosse went undrafted out of Illinois and spent seven years in the NFL. Between stints with the Giants, Broncos and Patriots he played in 34 games, making 40 catches on 60 targets for 403 yards and two touchdowns. LaCosse was a free agent and had finished last season on the Patriots' practice squad.

Jul 12, 2022 5:57 PM EST

Headed back to practice squad

LaCosse reverted back to the practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: LaCosse suited up Sunday against the Browns with Jonnu Smith inactive due to a shoulder injury. He saw nine snaps on offense but was never targeted. If Smith is unable to go Thursday against the Falcons, LaCosse will try to earn another shot to play.

Nov 15, 2021 5:50 PM EST

Elevated from practice squad

LaCosse was elevated from the Patriots' practice squad in advance of Sunday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: LaCosse, who last saw regular-season action in 2019, bolsters the team's Week 10 depth at tight end, with Jonnu Smith managing a shoulder issue and listed as questionable for Sunday's contest.

Nov 14, 2021 5:43 AM EST

Sticks with Patriots

LaCosse signed to New England's practice squad Wednesday, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: LaCosse was waived at Tuesday's roster deadline but will remain with the Patriots on the practice squad. The 28-year-old opted out of the 2020 campaign after catching 13 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown in 11 games for New England in 2019.

Sep 1, 2021 8:34 PM EST

Parts ways with Pats

New England released LaCosse on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: LaCosse opted out of the 2020 season, and he will now have to search for a role elsewhere in the league. The Patriots are heading into the 2021 regular season with Devin Asiasi around as a reserve option behind Hunter Henry (shoulder) and Jonnu Smith.

Aug 31, 2021 8:24 AM EST

Opts out of season

LaCosse has opted out of the 2020 NFL season, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: LaCosse thus becomes the eighth player on the Patriots to opt out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns. Now that he's unavailable, the members of the team's tight end corps are Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene, Ryan Izzo and Jake Burt.

Aug 2, 2020 10:10 AM EST

Added competition via draft

LaCosse's depth chart standing will be challenged by rookie tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene, Adam London of reports.

Analysis: Moreover, London suggests that either LaCosse or Ryan Izzo may not stick with the team in the wake the Patriots doubling-down on Asiasi and Keene in Round 3 of this past week's NFL Draft. In his first season with New England, LaCosse caught just 13 passes for 131 yards with one TD in 11 games and it's possible that he could be the odd man out, considering Izzo's utility as a blocker. Either way, between the added competition for targets and a looming transition at QB, LaCosse is off the fantasy radar as the 2020 season approaches.

Apr 28, 2020 2:27 PM EST

Logs 13 catches this past season

LaCosse finished the 2019 regular season with 13 catches (on 19 targets) for 131 yards and a TD in 11 games.

Analysis: With Rob Gronkowski no longer in the mix, LaCosse, Ben Watson and Ryan Izzo handled the Patriots' tight end duties in 2019. Neither of the trio came close to approaching fantasy relevance and we'd expect some sort of makeover at the position this offseason, with Watson a candidate to retire. Meanwhile, LaCosse -- who was hampered at times this past season by ankle and knee issues -- is under contract with New England through 2020, but Jeff Howe of the Athletic notes that if LaCosse doesn't make the team next season, the Patriots can save $1.4 million against their salary cap. If he does stick around in 2020 and can stay healthy, LaCosse should be able produce more, but with moving parts at both his position and also at QB, it's too early to assign him an accurate projection.

Jan 13, 2020 2:30 PM EST

Catches TD pass Saturday

LaCosse recorded 46 of a possible 73 snaps on offense in Saturday's 24-17 win over the Bills.

Analysis: LaCosse saw just one target Saturday, but he made it count, turning it into an eight-yard TD. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 31 snaps and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards. Neither New England tight end is a reliable fantasy option heading into Week 17.

Dec 22, 2019 10:58 AM EST

Hauls in three passes Sunday

LaCosse was on the field for 49 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals, en route to hauling in all three of his targets for 22 yards.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 34 snaps, but wasn't targeted in the contest. At this stage, it looks like LaCosse has overtaken Watson as the Patriots' preferred pass-catching option at his position, but that's not a high-volume role in the team's offense these days.

Dec 16, 2019 9:41 AM EST

Hauls in two passes Sunday

LaCosse caught two of his four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: LaCosse was on the field for 54 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in the contest, while fellow tight end Ben Watson logged 32 snaps, en route to catching one of his three targets for seven yards. Neither player profiles as a reliable fantasy option down the stretch.

Dec 9, 2019 2:03 PM EST

Sees 53 snaps Sunday

LaCosse was on the field for 53 of a possible 87 snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans, en route to catching one of his two targets for 24 yards.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 47 snaps, hauling in his only target for 23 yards. Neither of New England's top two tight ends are high-percentage fantasy lineup options in the coming weeks.

Dec 2, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Held to one catch

LaCosse caught his only target for five yards during Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: LaCosse played 34 snaps (49 percent) on offense. No. 1 tight end Ben Watson, on the other hand, took the field for 49 snaps (70 percent). As long as he remains relegated to a depth role in New England's offense, LaCosse won't warrant much fantasy consideration.

Nov 25, 2019 9:47 AM EST

Logs 21 snaps Sunday

LaCosse caught two of his targets for three yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: In his return to action from an MCL injury that caused him to miss three games, LaCosse logged 21 snaps in the contest. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 59 snaps Sunday, en route to catching three of his four targets for 52 yards. As long as Watson stays healthy, LaCosse's fantasy value will be limited.

Nov 18, 2019 1:16 PM EST

All clear for Week 11

LaCosse is officially listed as active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: LaCosse has missed the last three games with an MCL sprain, and as evidenced by this news, won't need more time to recover. Now that the Illinois product is finally healthy to make his return to the lineup, he'll resume his role as the No. 2 option at the tight end position behind Ben Watson.

Nov 17, 2019 12:07 PM EST

Listed as questionable

LaCosse (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's match against the Eagles.

Analysis: LaCosse has missed the last three games due to an MCL sprain. He appears to have made some progress in his recovery coming off New England's bye, but his status remains up in the air for Sunday's tilt against the Eagles. Even if LaCosse does manage to take the field Week 11, he won't be worth much fantasy consideration as the No. 2 option behind Ben Watson.

Nov 15, 2019 1:41 PM EST

Limited participant Wednesday

LaCosse (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.

Analysis: LaCosse has been on the sideline since Week 6 against the Giants when he suffered an MCL sprain. The tight end worked in a limited fashion last week as well, so he has a chance to play this Sunday against the Eagles. Even if he suits up, his fantasy value is negligible as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end against the Eagles' defense, which has allowed four receptions for 40.4 yards per game to the position.

Nov 13, 2019 2:53 PM EST

Remains sidelined Friday

LaCosse (knee) didn't practice Friday.

Analysis: The same applies to Ryan Izzo (concussion) and if the duo is unable to play Monday night against the Jets, the Patriots' Week 7 tight end corps would feature recently re-signed Ben Watson and newcomer Eric Tomlinson.

Oct 18, 2019 2:16 PM EST

Absent from practice

LaCosse (knee) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.

Analysis: Even with the benefit of an extended break following the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football, LaCosse will still have a tough time making it back to practice this week while he works back from an MCL sprain. New England recently re-signed Ben Watson and also brought in former Giant Eric Tomlinson to provide additional depth at tight end, adding further credence to the notion that LaCosse will miss games as a result of his injury.

Oct 17, 2019 10:07 AM EST

Expected to miss time

LaCosse (knee) suffered an MCL sprain during Thursday's win over the Giants, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: LaCosse is expected to miss at least the next few weeks due to his injury, which could open the door for the Patriots to re-sign Ben Watson. For the time being, Ryan Izzo is the only healthy tight end on New England's roster.

Oct 14, 2019 12:23 PM EST

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