At one time, tight end was the most important position for the New England Patriots. Now it appears to be an afterthought with Rob Gronkowski being the only tight end with above-average talent that’s on the roster. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that Patriots head coach/general manager Bill Belichick could stand to sign another tight end.
There are still a few decent names left on the open market. Let’s start with a young and exciting player, Evan Moore. Moore is still just 28 years old. He’s healthy and has flashed excellent pass-catching skills in the past. Plus, he has a history with Patriots quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll, as the two previously worked together for the Cleveland Browns. Moore might be coming off of a terrible season with the Philadelphia Eagles, but there’s no doubt that he could possibly explode if he plays with Tom Brady.
Next we have former Patriots tight end David Thomas. He was a bust in his first stint in New England, but he could serve as veteran depth and as a player that knows the offense very well. Thomas is also capable of playing the H-back role that has been left vacant since Aaron Hernandez was released.
These are two names to deeply consider during this season. The main reason is because Gronkowski is very injury-prone. Even if Gronkowski can get and stay healthy, the lack of talent behind him is very concerning.
Although offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels wants to scrap the two-tight end offense for more three-wide receiver looks, it still doesn’t hurt to have depth at the position. Plus, it’s all about variety in the NFL. Adding another capable tight end would increase the variety of effective looks that McDaniels could feature, and it could bring the Patriots offense one step closer to being lethal again.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.