New England Patriots DE Jake Bequette adding TE work to his repertoire

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Media members will have access to the New England Patriots' organized team activity on Friday (10:45 a.m. ET), and here's the type of inside-the-team nugget that might catch the eye: Fourth-year player Jake Bequette, a defensive end from 2012-2014, is expanding his workload as a tight end.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Bequette joined the Patriots as a third-round draft choice out of Arkansas in 2012. He played in eight games over his first two seasons (all as a reserve) before spending 2014 on the team's practice squad.

With the Patriots drafting three defensive ends this year -- Oklahoma's Geneo Grissom (third round), Arkansas' Trey Flowers (fourth round) and Alabama's Xzavier Dickson (seventh round) -- the depth chart was further stocked which might have sparked the move with Bequette.

At the same time, the Patriots' tight end spot is stacked as well, with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Michael Hoomanawanui, Tim Wright, rookie AJ Derby and Fred Davis.

Now we can add Bequette, who faces longer odds to earn a roster spot, to that mix as well.