Just a couple of seasons ago, the New England Patriots looks like they could possibly become possibly the best team ever when it comes to the use of the tight end. They were revolutionizing the NFL by using Aaron Hernandez Rob Gronkowski as oversized receivers that created matchup problems. Fast forward to 2014, and the tight end position might be one of New England's weakest spots on the roster. It is something they are hoping to get sorted out in the final few days before the regular season begins.
People in fantasy football have high expectations for Gronkowski, but he is coming off yet another injury plagued year in 2013. He is promising that he will be able to stay healthy enough to play the entire 2014 campaign, but he simply has been unable to settling just yet.
Aaron Hernandez is obviously long gone due to his arrest, but they do feel like they have somewhat of a replacement now that they have acquired Tim Wright from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a guy who can get open in tight spaces and create offense for the team in general. He is going to get some playing time this year, especially if injuries continue to be a major theme.
The other tight end New England is counting on is Michael Hoomanawanui. He has been unable to develop much of a relationship with Tom Brady up to this point, simply because he has been unable to stay healthy and on the field. That seems to be a common theme for tight ends on the New England Patriots, but at some point things have to start looking up.
With the window closing for Brady, New England is under a little bit of pressure to get everything sorted out. They are hoping that they are able to have success in the passing game. Health is going to play a huge role in whether or not they are able to reach their full potential in 2014.