Thoughts on Dallas Clark visit

May, 18, 2012
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Following up with a few thoughts on free-agent tight end Dallas Clark visiting with the Patriots on Tuesday:

One of the first things that came to mind is that the team can never have enough information. Clark is a good player who has hurt them in the past. He's available. So in the event the Patriots want to make a move at tight end (right now they are well stocked), a visit like Tuesday's provides a clearer road map for them, possibly giving them a better feel for where Clark is medically (he's missed 15 games over the last two seasons).

In essence, this looks like a case of due diligence.

Another factor to consider is that when the Patriots signed veteran tight end Daniel Fells to a three-year deal on March 19, Clark was available at that time. The Patriots picked Fells over Clark.

The Patriots project to keep three tight ends on their final roster -- Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Fells. If one of them gets injured, then what?

Perhaps that's when Clark could come into play, assuming he's still available.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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