According to Pro Football Focus writer Doug Kyed, former Kansas City Chiefs tight end David Wells has found a new home with the New England Patriots—a team already familiar with him—just before training camp is set to begin for the 2021 season.
Wells is a solid blocking tight end who has struggled to find a long-term home in the National Football League thus far. As a one-dimensional player, he’s always going to be a special teams play for any franchise and an asset in the running game. However, such players have an ability to stick around and some teams have a hard time finding someone they like in the role (e.g. how the Chiefs returned to Blake Bell after a year).
Wells showed his skills back in college at San Diego State University where he blocked for the nation’s leading rusher Rashaad Penny, who had an incredible 2,248 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground with a healthy 7.8 yards/carry average.
Former Chiefs TE David Wells has re-signed with the Patriots.
The Dallas Cowboys were the first team to sign wells as a rookie free agent after he went unselected in the 2018 NFL Draft. From there, he was waived and the Chiefs stepped up to sign him and released cornerback Arrion Springs in the process. Wells would stick with the Chiefs’ practice squad through 2018 and earned a futures/reserve deal in 2019 but was waived shortly before the season began (with the Mo Claiborne addition).
From there, Wells sat until November when the Patriots first signed him to their practice squad. They let him go one week afterward and that was it for Wells, until now. Wells certainly has his competition cut out for him, not only as a late addition but given the fact that the Patriots have seven tight ends on the present roster including other new faces like Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.