Pats Sign Tight End, Place another TE on Injured Reserve

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Patriots news release…

PATRIOTS SIGN TE MICHAEL HOOMANAWANUI;

PLACE TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE ON INJURED RESERVE WITH A DESIGNATION TO RETURN;

MAKE TWO PRACTICE SQUAD CHANGES

 

FOXBOROUGH,
Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed
TE Michael Hoomanawanui (pronounced – huh-oh-muh-NOW-uh-NEW-ee) and
placed TE Visanthe Shiancoe on injured reserve with a designation to
return.

  
In addition, the Patriots signed WR Kerry Taylor and OL Jeremiah Warren
to the practice squad and released FB Eric Ketttani and WR Sam Kirkland
from the practice squad.

   Hoomanawanui,
24, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams. The
6-foot-4, 263-pounder originally joined the Rams as a fifth round draft
pick (132nd overall) out of Illinois in 2010. He has played
in 16 NFL games with 11 starts and has 20 receptions for 229 yards and
three touchdowns. Last season, Hoomanawanui played and started in eight
games, finishing with seven receptions for 83 yards. Hoomanawanui was
released by the Rams on Sept. 2, 2012.

   Taylor, 23,
was claimed off waivers and awarded to the Patriots from Minnesota on
Aug. 27, 2012 before being released on Aug. 31, 2012. He spent a week on
the New England practice squad last season in September. The 6-foot,
196-pounder was originally signed by Green Bay as a rookie free agent on
July 28, 2011 out of Arizona State. He was released by Green Bay on
Sept. 3, 2011. In addition to spending time on the Patriots' practice
squad, Taylor also spent time on the practice squads of San Francisco
and Minnesota last year. He was released by Minnesota on Aug. 25, 2012.

   Warren,
24, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2012
and released on Aug. 31, 2012. He started the final 38 games of his
career at South Florida at guard. Warren, 6-4, 329 pounds, was named to
the All-Big East Second Team as a senior after starting all 12 games at
guard.

   Shiancoe,
32, signed with the Patriots as a free agent on July 25, 2012. The
6-foot-4, 250-pounder is a veteran of nine seasons with the New York
Giants (2003-06) and Minnesota Vikings (2007-11). He originally entered
the NFL as a third-round draft choice (91st overall) of the
Giants in 2003 out of Morgan State and joined Minnesota as an
unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2007. Shiancoe has played in 144 NFL
games with 90 starts and has 243 receptions for 2,677 yards and 27
touchdowns.

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