The Patriots have Rob Gronkowski and not much else at tight end and that has been evident with the play from that position this preseason.
The team has no backup that would scare defenses and come in and be the guy if Gronk gets hurt again, so should the Pats think about bringing in a veteran tight end?
Tony Gonzalez is widely regarded as the best tight end to ever play and he still has it.
He recently said if a contender contacted him during the season to play, he would be tempted to come back. So, who’s a contender that needs tight end help?
Yep, the Patriots are first on that short list.
He caught 83 passes last season for 859 yards and 8 touchdowns. That’s double the numbers put up by Pats tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, and D.J. Williams combined last year.
Hoomanawanui has been hurt almost all training camp, D.J. Williams was hurt too, and has been released, and Justin Jones has done nothing to make you think he will help.
Gonzalez is a 6’5 savvy route runner, with great hands, and a red zone threat.
He’s dependable, intelligent, and a leader. He’s got a great attitude with that great talent.
Gonzalez has everything a QB could want in a pass-catching tight end and then some. It would be epic to see Tom Brady throwing actual passes to Tony Gonzalez and maybe too much offense for one NFL league to handle. Gonzalez is great, period. You’d think it’s a no brainer to bring him in, but you know how the Pats are? A great puzzle.
If Gronk gets hurt during the season or after the season begins, there’s a chance New England calls up the old veteran, but it’s a long shot.
I’ll say there is a 20% chance the Pats bring Tony Gonzalez in, but they should.
They have plenty of options with free agent tight ends to bring to New England, and I think they will bring in one. They should anyway.
Until then, we can keep dreaming about Gonzalez catching passes from Tom Brady.