The New England Patriots have always placed value on the tight end position. With guys like Ben Coates, Benjamin Watson, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and others in franchise history at the position, the team has always made tight ends a significant part of the offense.
With much uncertainty at the position resulting from the Hernandez situation, mixed with the Gronkowski and Jake Ballard‘s injury situations, reports are starting to surface suggesting the team may be in the market for another tight end.
Personally, I do not see the need for bringing in another tight end. As it stands right now, the team has Ballard, Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, Gronk and Zach Sudfeld currently on the roster.
Although Gronkowski is not expected to start Week 1, he could be available soon after that point. He is not expected to be placed on the PUP list either, which is good news in terms of his recovery.
With that being the case, why would you bring in a guy that you are not sure can help you for potentially one week, wasting a roster spot for another player. If the Patriots did, they would then have to cut someone that could actually help the team in both the long and short term. That would not be a smart move for the team, given that the free agent tight end crop available is less than desirable.
The current tight ends on the roster are more than capable of holding down the fort while Gronk is on the mend. It would behoove the Patriots to sit back and wait to see who can emerge as the lead guy before Week 1.
Do you think the Patriots should sign a veteran tight end? Should they stand pat? Should they make a trade for one? Feel free to comment on the subject in the “comments” section below.