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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