Bedard: Near full health, TE Matt LaCosse starting to show why the Patriots signed him

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In an offseason where seemingly nothing went right with the offensive moves Bill Belichick tried to make to fortify his offense, there's still some hope one will pay off.

Tight end Matt LaCosse, who was signed to a two-year, $3.8-million contract from the Broncos early in the offseason, has seen his role slowly expand since finally getting back healthy from the high-ankle sprain he suffered in the first preseason game against the Lions on Aug. 8.

“Matt's very attentive. Smart kid. Picks things up well, works really hard,” Tom Brady said earlier this season. “He's just been limited here since the Detroit game, but he's tough. He's working through it, so hopefully, he just keeps getting better day-to-day.”

High-ankle sprains are among the worst nagging injuries an athlete can have. They never really get right without the full rest presented in the offseason. And they can suddenly go bad after making progress. It’s a one step forward, two steps back kind of thing. Not surprisingly, it’s been a tough go for LaCosse in his first season with the Patriots.

“Yeah, no doubt it's been frustrating,” said the 2015 Giants undrafted free agent out of Illinois. “You never want to have injuries like that, but it's been good to get back out there. Any way I can help the team and contribute, it's a good thing.”

LaCosse admitted that it was hard to sit on the sidelines when he knew he was fully capable of helping the offense be more productive.