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 release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.