FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots informed tight end Asante Cleveland that he is being promoted from the practice squad, a move that adds another pass-catching option as the offense faces a shortage at receiver.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Cleveland is a second-year player out of the University of Miami. The Patriots acquired him in a trade from the San Francisco 49ers, in exchange for offensive lineman Jordan Devey, on Aug. 18.
Cleveland has spent the 2015 season on the Patriots' practice squad, often playing the role of the opponents' top tight end on the scout team.
He had played in six games last season with the 49ers, with his primary contributions coming on special teams.
To make room for Cleveland on the roster, the Patriots will have to make a transaction. Linebacker Eric Martin, who wasn't present at Friday's practice, is a top candidate to be released to make room for Cleveland.