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  1. jmt57

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    With the Pats season over and free agency (hopefully) and the draft still a ways away, I figured this would be a good time to look back - and look forward - with some discussion at each position on the team.

    Tight End
    Rob Gronkowski
    Aaron Hernandez
    Alge Crumpler
    Carson Butler (practice squad)
     
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    Set for next year. A low pick could be used on a blocking specialist to spend a year on the PS before replacing Crumpler.
     
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    Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez Have Room to Improve, But Give Patriots Optimism at Tight End - New England Patriots - NESN.com - Jeff Howe

     
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    Crumpler had a great season as a blocker, but his receiving days appear to be far behind him. I expect him to be back, but he can't afford to lose any more speed or quickness.
     
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    Agreed. It would be nice if Hernandez could improve on his blocking skills, allowing us to keep him and Gronk on the field in two TE sets without such a huge dropoff in mauling. Obviously he wouldn't come near Crumpler's ability, but just enough so he couldn't be discounted as a blocker.
     
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    This would be a great year to stash a developmental TE on the PS.
     
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    This is one position that we can probably be certain the team will not look into adding on....even though we know BB has a TE fetish :cool:
     
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    Future focus: Tight ends - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston - Mike Reiss

    Snaps played in 2010:
    756 - Gronkowski
    540 - Crumpler
    486 - Hernandez

     
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    Right now I love Lee Smith for that rile, I'm thinking of him as a potential tackle but there's nothing to stop us from running plays that use a tackle as a receiver, the Bengals used to do that with Munoz.
     
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    "New England, with the 17th pick, select Kyle Rudolphe, Tight End at Notre Dame"

    Surprised??
     
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    More like mortified. Patriot Nation would be in such a full meltdown state that it would make the 24 hours following either the loss to Cleveland or the playoff loss to the Jets look tame in comparison.



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    It Is What It Is -- Patriots by position: Tight end -- Christopher Price

    Total receptions: Hernandez, 45; Gronkowski, 42.
    Total receiving yards: Hernandez, 563 yards; Gronkowski, 546 yards.
    Touchdowns: Gronkowski, 10; Hernandez, 6

     
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    What Sciz said .................... :yeahthat:
     
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    Yeah, I should have said "Shocked?" not "Surprised?" But I do wonder what surprise we are in for in this year's first round. Every year I wish for some big name to drop down into our grasp, and almost every year, something of the opposite occurs...at least in the first round. Thankfully, last year was full of later round drop down picks, and the first rounder turned out to be the right kind of surprise.
     
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    If the New England Patriots were that desperate, the pick would be more likely Mike Pouncey from Florida. Belichick also has a Florida Gator fetish as well.
     
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    Ahhhhhhh nooooooooooooo! A late pick for a running back or backup free safety is more likely.
     
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    Belichick will take a TE anywhere in the draft if he's convinced he's got the right guy. If he has some questions I agree, a later round pick for a blocking specialist.

    But we've seen Bill expend multiple high draft picks at TE often in the past and he'll do it again. The position is that important to him - and this season, for really the first time in Belichick's tenure, we saw why.
     
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    File under "what if". I just stumbled across this info from last March. From the way it reads, the reason the Pats signed Alge Crumpler was because they lost out on their first choice. Thankfully Daniel Fells signed with the Rams, leading the Pats to go with Crumpler as their Plan B.

    Pats lose out on TE Fells - New England Patriots Blog - espnBoston - 3/10/2010

     
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    Some thought that we would have drafted greshem if given the chance. Thankfully, he was drafted just before the patriots.
     
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    If BB didn't land Gronk and A-Hern, not signing Fells or not drafting Gresham would have riled up the natives for sure as both players had decent years for St. L and Cinci respectively.
     
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    Yeah, I had forgotten about Gresham; he was the top TE prospect a year ago and a lot of people here really wanted the Pats to find a way to get him.

    Another 'what if' from last year: remember this trade rumor?

    Bears positional analysis: Tight ends - Chicago Breaking Sports

     
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