Michael Hoomanawanui, Patriots tight end
The 6-foot-4, 263-pound Hoomanawanui signed with the Patriots in September after being cut by the St. Louis Rams, where he played under current New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
The 24-year-old former Illinois receiver had 20 catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games with the Rams over the last two seasons.
Hoomanawanui plays tight end, fullback—he has yet to get a carry—and also plays on special teams for the Patriots. He’s been asked mostly to block when on offense and played a season-high 43 snaps against the Texans in Week 14. He was on the receiving end of a 41-yard pass by Tom Brady to set up the Patriots’ second touchdown in the loss to the 49ers on Sunday, serving as the second tight end over Daniel Fells.
He is on the books for $540,000 this season.