Originally written April 07, 2013 on NESN.com:
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The Patriots currently have seven wide receivers on their roster and five tight ends. Those seven receivers combined for zero receptions with the Patriots last season, while the five tight ends combined for 110. Take away Rob Gronkowski‘s 55 catches, and the tight end’s 55 receptions split between Aaron Hernandez and Daniel Fells still hold a distinct advantage. That’s part of the reason why Patriots fans should be concerned, but not panicking about Gronkowski’s uncertain future due to a fourth surgery on his forearm. The Patriots are stacked with Gronk, and they’ll still be deep at the position without him. Those 110 catches by tight ends currently on the Patriots’ roster doesn’t include Michael Hoomanawanui‘s (I’m always proud of myself when I type that without looking it up) five receptions — because he’s a restricted free agent — nor any catches from Jake Ballard, who should be a key addition to the 2013 active roster. If fact, Ballard is the main reason why New Englanders should s
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