May 3, 2013; Foxboro, MA USA; New England Patriots rookie Zach Sudfeld of the University of Nevada performs a drill during rookie minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld will continue to take first team reps

With Aaron Hernandez facing a long time in prison and the status of Rob Gronkowski unknown, the New England Patriots will continue to give Zach Sudfeld first team reps at practice.

According to the Boston Globe, Sudfeld is at the top of the depth chart, leaving Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard competing for the final tight end roster spot. It’s pretty impressive for an undrafted rookie to come into training camp with a team like the New England Patriots, rising above and becoming a starter for one of the top offenses in the National Football League.

He was on the same team as Colin Kaepernick at the University of Nevada for two seasons but didn’t contribute until the 2012 season. In his final year in college, he caught 45 catches for 598 yards with eight receiving touchdowns. Sudfeld had a five game touchdown streak and two touchdown receptions in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl against the Arizona Wildcats.

Standing at 6’7 and weighting in around 255 pounds, this young determined tight end is making a name for himself with this team. Playing with a quarterback like Tom Brady, will eventually turn him into a house hold name and definitely boost his career.

Tags: Aaron Hernandez New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski Zach Sudfeld

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