Just a few years ago, the Patriots had the most fearsome pair of tight ends the NFL had ever seen. Today, Rob Gronkowski is racking up injuries like they're going out of style and Aaron Hernandez is in jail.
On the latest edition of Quick Slants, Kay Adams offers her perspective on the tight end position.
Beyond the question mark that is Gronkowski, the Patriots have four other tight ends on the roster, mostly a mix of inexperienced and journeymen.
Michael Hoomanawanui, D.J. Williams, and rookies Justin Jones and Asa Watson.
Not exactly a crew that will have Rex Ryan and the rest of the league shaking in their sneakers.
Kay Adams says the Patriots need to shore up the position quick, fast and in a hurry.
"They need to get out the phone and dial up a tight end ASAP," says Adams.
Specifically, Adams thinks the Patriots should target former Packer Jermichael Finley and former Jet and Dolphin Dustin Keller.
Both would add a veteran presence to a young tight end group while giving Tom Brady and the Patriots a bit of insurance in case Gronk goes down again.
Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran also checks in with his thoughts on the quarterback controversy that seems to be brewing after Jimmy Garoppolo out-performed Ryan Mallett in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Mallett was mediocre at best and was unable to move the ball or complete simple passes.
"The blame does go on Mallett, not the offensive line, because he couldn’t make the simple, rudimentary, elementary throws," says Curran.
Garoppolo on the other hand led the team's only scoring drive, and completed 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.
"What a beautiful ball he throws," says Curran. "It’s like a butterfly landing with a pair of slippers on.”
But Curran goes on to note that Ryan Mallett also put up good numbers in his first few preseason games, only to sink back into mediocrity - a quagmire from which he has yet to emerge.
The lesson? Right now the edge goes to Jimmy G., but it's only one game.