Found May 04, 2013 on Players View:

The New England Patriots are reshaping themselves into a new look unit.

In the midst of the departure of wide receiver Wes Welker and the uncertain immediate futures of tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots are restocking their arsenal with wideout Danny Amendola and the recent trade for former Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount.

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