For the Patriots, Aaron Hernandez’s situation is compounded by the health of Rob Gronkowski, the loss of Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead and Brandon Lloyd. The Patriots are a no-huddle hybrid attack team, and defenses can never be right with the personnel that they send on the field because of the flexibility of Hernandez and Gronkowski.
The Patriots’ flexibility to get into any formation that they want and create matchup problems is almost non-exsistent without the two tight ends, so that’s a big problem. Also, Tom Brady would have close to three quarters of his 2012 receptions off the roster if Hernandez joins the list of weapons no longer available or on the team.
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