How much will loss of Hernandez affect Pats offense?


How much will loss of Hernandez affect Pats offense?

It's Wiggy Tuesday's on the Felger and Mazz show, with former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins joining the pair on the show.

Today's opening segment was all about Aaron Hernandez and how the Patriots will fair without him. Wiggins' take? They're going to go stagnant. Wiggins says that Hernandez is the focal point of the Patriots offense, but that didn't sit well with Tony Massarotti.

"This idea -- and I've heard this a lot in the last couple of days and it's starting to drive me crazy and piss me off a little bit -- this whole idea that, "well, he's the focal point of their offense.' No, he isn't," Massarotti said. "Tom Brady is the focal point of the offense ... but they still have Gronkowski, Welker, Lloyd, Edelman if you want to throw him in, Ridley ... Woodhead -- they have plenty of people to score points."

Felger is on Mazz's side, in the sense that the Patriots should be able to make due with the players remaining on the field, with out without Hernandez.

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)