Found August 09, 2013 on NESN.com:
If Rob Gronkowski doesn’t start the season on the PUP list, it could shake up the positional battle at tight end. Adam Schefter reported on NFL Insiders this week that the buzz is positive regarding Gronkowski’s recovery from back surgery. Schefter went as far as to say Gronkowski is likely to avoid the PUP list to start the season. If Gronkowski is healthy enough to avoid the PUP, which would have kept him from playing the first six weeks of the season, the Patriots will likely carry four tight ends on their roster. If Gronkowski has to start the season on the PUP, the team could carry either three or four tight ends. It appears there may be some increased competition at the position this summer, though. Before we knew Gronkowski’s health was looking good, it seemed like Daniel Fells, Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui and Zach Sudfeld were all safe for the 53-man roster. Now, though, one of those players could be left off. All four players have received equal time with the first-t...
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