Patriots claim former Lions, Chargers TE Matt Sokol off waivers

The Patriots claimed former Lions tight end Matt Sokol off waivers Wednesday.

The 26-year-old tight end signed a future contract with Detroit in January and was released on Tuesday. He spent the entire 2021 season on the Jaguars’ practice squad. Sokol has appeared in two career games, both in 2020 with the Chargers.

Sokol, 6-foot-5 and 249 pounds, entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2019. He split his rookie season between the Chargers and Jaguars, then inked his first future contract with Detroit, where he was cut and re-signed to the practice squad in Sept. 2020. That led anther release, which brought him back to Los Angeles and the first and only 15 offensive snaps of his career.

The 26-year-old joins Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith and 2020 third-round picks Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene in the team’s tight ends room.