Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 6/27/13
I think that we can all agree that though we have high hopes for Jake Ballard, but it might be a good idea for the Patriots to look to free agency to find a replacement for Hernandez in case Ballard doesn’t cut it. I think we all need to remember that Ballard is coming off a season in which he didn’t play a single game due to injury and he's virtually a rookie playing just 14 games in his career. On top of that we are without Gronkowski for the first half of the season. Remember that annoying guy named Dallas Clark that tore the Patriots up with Peyton Manning? Yeah, he’s a free agent and his stats rival Hernandez’s and are even better than Ballard’s. With years of 45, 79 and 51 receptions for Hernandez over the past three years, Clark reeled in 47 receptions last season with the freaking Bucs and in 2009 he caught 100 passes from Manning. If this current situation teaches the Patriots nothing else, it should teach them that a little insurance isn’t a bad thing. This offense h...
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