The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Matt Lengel to their practice squad. To make room, the team released tight end J.P. Holtz from that unit. They also released offensive lineman Matt McCants from injured reserve with an injury designation.
Lengel, a 6-foot- 7, 265-pound second-year player out of Eastern Kentucky, was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He spent that season and eight weeks of 2016 with the Bengals before New England signed him to its active roster.
The tight end went on to appear in six regular-season matchups for the Patriots last season, and also three postseason games, including their Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Lengel finished the year with two catches for 22 yards and one score.
At Eastern Kentucky, he finished with 33 receptions for 361 yards in 37 career games.
Holtz was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Browns following the 2016 draft. He was with the team during training camp and waived during final cuts that year and again in 2017. They signed him to their practice squad this season, where he remained until his release.