How will Patriots replace production of Gronkowski?

How will Patriots replace production of Gronkowski?
December 9, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL Sunday and was placed on IR on Monday. His season is over and the Patriots have to move on without him.

Gary Tanguay was joined by the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley and the Boston Globe's Ben Volin to discuss what - if anything - the Pats can do now.

"I think offensively they're not going to make up for the problems they have on defense," Tanguay said. "That's why I think they're screwed."

Volin agrees that the injuries to the defense since the start of the season may be too much to overcome.

"Yeah, at least early in the season you had Aqib Talib playing at a Pro Bowl level and you had Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones getting at the quarterback every play," Volin said. "Now there's no pass rush, and I don't know if the defense can make up for what Gronk brings to the table. The good news is that they have Shane Vereen and that guy is just a one-man offense right now. He had a scoring drive where it was just all Shane Vereen, all 72 yards. So fortunately they have him. They didn't have him in the earlier Gronk-less part of the season."

"This is the one guy aside from the QB that you can't lose. They've always had a Plan B, a Plan C, a Plan D. That's how we got to know Jarvis Green back in the day. Then all of a sudden, [Gronkowski's] out of the picture - boom - that's huge."

How do you think the Patriots can replace Gronkowski's production? Can they? Let us know in the comments section.