Rookie Roundup: Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

Tom Brady's new toys are starting to show some promise.

Fourth in a series of seven by NEPD Staff Writer Jerry F.

The second tight end selected by the Patriots in the 2009 NFL Draft, Aaron Hernandez led all TE’s in the country in 2009. His 68 catches and  850 yards were a result of his dependable hands and big play penchant.

Despite reports that Aaron Hernandez had a history of drug issues while at Florida, Coach Belichick and the Patriots were impressed by Hernandez’ body of work and his very impressive stats.  Leading up to the draft, Hernandez was believed by many to be a borderline first round prospect, but reports of failed drug tests quickly caused his stock to drop.

He gives the Patriots a ‘Dallas Clark’ type tight end who is going to line up a lot as an extra receiver on multiple WR sets. In two preseason games he has 7 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown, which came against the Atlanta Falcons starting defense.

Hernandez looks poised for a big year as he looks to be a major weapon in the red zone, an area where the Patriots struggled mightily last season.

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2 Responses to “Rookie Roundup: Aaron Hernandez”

  1. JimC says:

    Don’t be crowning A. Hernandez offensice rookie quite yet!!!

    AH will only play if the offensive line can hold their own when it comes to pass blocking. If they can’t and he doesn’t improve his own blocking, then Gronk or AC will be in to pick up the slack.

    The patriots don’t need another slot receiver so there is a numbers game that could force Bill to go to other options.

  2. Jared says:

    Hernandez looks ahead of the game right now. That back shoulder TD between him and Tom Brady was a thing of beauty. Hopefully theres more to come, I know hes not your traditional TE, thats a big target…or a good blocker…but HOPEFULLY hes the mismatch nightmare for teams that Watson was supposed to be. One thing that scares me about the 2 rookie TE’s….is that Gronkowski and Hernandez are beeing made up to be a lot like Daniel Graham and Ben Watson were about 5 years ago. All the talent and the size….but they never panned out.



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