What will the Patriots do without Gronk?
Mon, 19 Nov 2012|
CSNNE.com's Patriots indsider Tom E. Curran goes over some likely scenarios he envisions playing out during the star tight ends absence
All I ask -- now. One of the -- without. Well I think it's. Fortuitous at this team's stockpile tight ends after having -- 2011 season which they were basically bereft. Of guys at the position we -- gronkowski and Hernandez right now they have beyond those two players I mentioned Visanthe Shiancoe it was a veteran. Thirty something tight end who played for Minnesota -- -- fairly high level he closely replicate gronkowski as a pass catcher than it Daniel fells who's more of a blocker. He's got decent enough hands you wanna replicate fully. We'll -- dusty can do but. -- -- The best -- showed some production. Certainly they help me is back. And I go on Thursday Thanksgiving night when they played the Jets in the meadowlands. Oh we're talking about how they pick up the offense or how they re distribute the football without having a primary target. As -- Brandon Lloyd man enough to enter into the equation much more prominently than it has thus far. I don't. Think that the Patriots are fully sold I think that the three in the Lloyd. My addition is not the right word but I think that the role that he has established for himself over the first ten games of the season will remain what it is she's an outside the numbers guys. He's gonna come inside the numbers it's going to be -- Lance. It's -- immediately hit the deck. Is -- quick -- he's going to be able to get actually catches down the field it's going to be able to separate outside the numbers that's who it was but it was going to be about a twelve to thirteen yard reception I. And hit the deck and he's not a red zone target. I think that the production comes from other sports they were digitally to. During points Sunday's. Game two receiver set Wes Welker and -- -- and if you remember the begin the Arizona -- in the explanation was Letterman the better blocker and some of those situations. And in the game here on Sunday it was -- and Welker so again and maybe a reflection on how they feel about Lloyd. Yes and well I think how they feel about settlement and remember too that the guy -- supposed to be the hub around which the entire offense revolved as Aaron Hernandez. In his returned imminently as you mentioned. Will again help to mitigate the location of gronkowski somewhere else.