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Whose New England’s 2nd tight end


The Patriots have a bit of a situation at tight end behind Gronk for the 2nd year in a row.

Last year, they were unprepared, but this year, they knew they needed a 2nd guy, but we saw free agency, and draft come and go with no big tight end signed.

Now, heading into the 2nd preseason game, no tight end has emerged as a clear number two guy. To make it worse, half of the tight ends have been out of practice for a week and won’t play tonight.

We haven’t seen Michael Hoomanawanui or D.J. Williams in a while and neither will play tonight. The only two tight ends available for tonight’s game is Steve Maneri, and James Devlin, a FB whose has been taking snaps at tight end.

I doubt either one is the team’s number 2 guy behind Gronk, but they will certainly have plenty of chances to prove themselves tonight.

So, who will the Pats turn to if something happens to Gronk, or when they need a 2nd tight end to catch some passes?

Well, they don’t need a 2nd tight end to catch a lot of passes if Gronk is healthy, so Hoomanawanui, the guy with more experience with New England will be either the number two tight end or the number three tight end. Either way, he will be on the team and see plenty of playing time, mostly as a blocking tight end.

He’s a great blocker and decent pass-catcher, but like we saw last year, he’s not going to boost the tight end position if Gronk goes down.

D.J. Williams is my Darkhorse guy to be the number two tight end.

He’s been having a pretty good camp before the injury that’s sideline him and he’s a good pass-catcher. He’s probably the 2nd best pass-catching tight end on the team behind Gronk. I hope to see him in one preseason game to see exactly what he can do, but I’m betting on him.

When New England wants to run a two tight end formation, Williams will probably be the guy, and if they need someone to step up in Gronk’s place, it’ll be Williams. But, I’ve been wrong before.

Williams is a decent blocker, but his specialty is catching the ball.

Steve Maneri is a 6’7, 271 pound tight end.

I’ve read scouting reports about him and they thought he could play OT in the NFL because of his size, and great blocking ability.

He’s big, but has no speed and will be a short yardage target. He’d be a good red zone target with his size.

He’s a great blocker, and will excel at that with New England.

I don’t know if he makes the team, but tonight you’ll get to see him and he’s someone to keep an eye on.

James Devlin is a FB for New England but has taken snaps at tight end and tonight, you’ll probably see him at TE.

It’ll be fun seeing Devlin out there. He’s a good blocker, decent runner, and catcher so I personally can’t wait to see if he could be a real possibility at tight end this season.

It’s been rumored that Brandon LaFell could play tight end some. He has versatility, able to play outside, inside, and tight end, so there’s a real possibility he’ll line up at tight end a few times.

Don’t count on LaFell taking a lot reps at tight end throughout the season though. You might see him line up there a handful of times throughout the entire season, so he’s not the 2nd guy. He’ll just add a wrinkle to the spot.

For me, the Pats will have Hoomanawanui as their number 3 guy and Williams as their number 2 guy. They will use LaFell as a wrinkle and that’s all the tight ends I see New England having.





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