Daniel Fells was one of only two healthy returning tight ends entering Patriots training camp in 2013, along with Michael Hoomanawanui. Fells was a productive tight end for the St. Louis Rams and Denver Broncos before joining the Patriots prior to the 2012 season. He played in 13 games and caught four passes for 85 yards in 2012 with New England.
He was expected to be a leading candidate to make the team after training camp 2013, but fell behind Hoomanawanui and rookie Zach Sudfeld and was cut from the 53-man roster. He is a free agent.