Patriots vs. Dolphins: Primetime for Pats Rookie Tight End Aaron Hernandez

October 4, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It’s no secret that the New England Patriots quarterback loves throwing to Randy Moss and Wes Welker. This season, however, Brady has found a new toy in rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The Patriots do spread the ball on offense, and a lot of guys get their share of touches, but Hernandez is not only gaining more targets per game (two in Week One, six in Week Two, and seven in Week Three), he is also encroaching on the balls that Moss and Welker are getting their ways. Last week, the former Florida Gator even led the team in targets.
Hernandez is earning Brady’s trust. He has led the team in receptions the previous two games (six) and yards (101 against the New York Jets and 65 against the Buffalo Bills). Even though he only had one grab in the opening weekend, he made it count for 45 yards.
He hasn’t caught a touchdown pass yet and isn’t a prime look on goal-line situations, where fellow rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski gets the nod, as will runn...

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