The New England Patriots are officially signing wide receiver Donte Moncrief off of their practice squad a to the 53-man roster, a source told NESN.com.
Moncrief played the Patriots’ last two games as a temporary elevation off of their practice squad. He caught a 15-yard pass and has returned two kicks for 75 yards, including a 53-yarder in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The 6-foot-2, 216-pound wide receiver was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Moncrief, 27, has caught 205 passes for 2,576 yards with 21 touchdowns in seven seasons. He’s also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets. His best season came with the Colts in 2015 when he caught 64 passes for 733 yards with six touchdowns. He also caught seven touchdowns in nine games with the Colts in 2016 and hauled in 48 passes for 668 yards with three touchdowns with the Jaguars in 2018.
Moncrief joins Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd, N’Keal Harry, Isaiah Ford and Gunner Olszewski on the Patriots’ wide receiver depth chart. The Patriots also have Isaiah Zuber and Kristian Wilkerson on their practice squad and Julian Edelman on injured reserve.
Moncrief initially signed to the Patriots’ practice squad Nov. 4. He quickly passed Ford, who was acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins at the Nov. 3 trade deadline, on New England’s wide receiver depth chart.