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class features an intriguing mix of high-upside talent and players filling current needs White Jeremy Hill Jerseys , one position widely perceived as being undermanned was not addressed. Despite Rob Gronkowski retiring in late March, the Patriots did not draft a (primarily pass-catching) tight end to help soften the blow of the future Hall of Famer stepping away from the game at just 29 years old.New England did add a tight end after the draft was over in unselected free agent Andrew Beck, but his signing hardly solves the larger issue: the Patriots employ an uncharacteristically thin tight end group with Gronkowski no longer in the picture. It is therefore unsurprising to see advanced statistics website Football Outsiders list the position as the world championsí biggest need at the moment (via E$PN Insider):The Patriots, who also cut Dwayne Allen earlier this offseason and recently traded away Jacob Hollister, appear to be content with having Seferian-Jenkins Jeremy Hill Jerseys 2019 , LaCosse, Anderson, Izzo and Beck duke it out for the spots on the team. Maybe they will bring in further reinforcements via trade or the open market, but as things stand right now it seems likely that New England will use the position differently than it did with Gronkowski in the fold.After all, Gronk did it all: he blocked like an offensive tackle White Phillip Dorsett Jerseys , and caught passes like a 6-foot-6, 270-pound wide receiver. With no player on the current roster even close to approaching this level of versatility, it would not be surprising if the Patriots simply used the bodies they currently have based on packages and situations. Izzo and Beck could serve as primary blockers, Seferian-Jenkins and Anderson as pass catchers, LaCosse as more of a hybrid.While tight end will therefore maybe not play as big a role in New Englandís offense as it did when Gronkowski was still a part of it Phillip Dorsett Jerseys 2019 , its value cannot be underestimated either: together with a re-tooled wide receiver group and one of the deepest running back corps in the entire NFL, the position will serve as a complementary piece in the Patriotsí puzzle ó just not the prominent piece it was for the last nine years. Herndon has received a four-week suspension on Friday." Patriots NewsAround the LeagueAFC East ReportJets tight end Chris Herndon will miss his teamís week 3 game against the PatriotsHerndon has received a four-week suspension on Friday.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Jets tight end Chris Herndon will miss his teamís week 3 game against the PatriotsTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesThe NFLís 2019 regular season is still almost two months away, but we already know that the first matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets will see one of the latter teamís best players not suit up: Chris Herndon has been suspended by the league for the first four games of the year, as first reported by Dov Kleiman, meaning that the reigning world champions will not have to face the Jetsí top tight end in week three.Herndon joined New York as a fourth-round draft pick last year and immediately established himself as a solid contributor in the teamís offense: the Miami product appeared in all sixteen of the Jetsí games in 2018 and was on the field for 62.4% of their offensive snaps (625 of 1 White Stephon Gilmore Jerseys ,001). He also was a regular member of the clubís special teams units and played a combined 165 snaps (of 496; 33.3%) in the kicking game.When on the field, Herndon proved himself a productive all-around tight end and one of rookie quarterback Sam Darnoldís favorite weapons: he was targeted 56 times, coming away with 39 receptions for 502 yards and 4 touchdowns ó finishing the year as the number two pass catcher on the team in each of the last three statistics. Furthermore, Pro Football Focusí twelfth-ranked tight end was a solid pass protector in his first NFL season.Against the Patriots, Herndon had moderate success last year. While he caught a career-high seven passes in week twelve (for 57 yards) Stephon Gilmore Jerseys 2019 , he registered only one 8-yard reception during the regular season finale. Nevertheless, the 23-year-old is a solid player and one of New Yorkís most dangerous offensive weapons. The Patriots not having to defend him in the first of the division rivalsí meetings is a positive development from their point of view ó especially considering the Jetsí tight end depth.Daniel Brown, Eric Tomlinson and fourth-round rookie Trevon Wesco ó who combine to have caught 51 receptions in the NFL so far ó are currently expected to form New Yorkís tight end group to open the regular season. Needless to say that any of the three players will likely be a downgrade from what Herndon brings to the table as a pass catcher, blocker and special teams presence.



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