While not the true starting tight end, Hernandez was still on the field quite often, being targeted 83 times in just 10 games last season. It’s a role that rookie Zach Sudfeld is expected to take on, according to the Boston Herald:
Sudfeld is listed at 225 pounds, so he’s hardly cut from the same cloth as Rob Gronkowski. Yet, Sudfeld’s receiving ability should put him in a position to succeed in an Aaron Hernandez type of role, and Sudfeld has even improved enough as a blocker to earn more chances to stay on the field in one-tight end formations.
Known for his solid hands and impressive size (6’7, 255lbs), Sudfeld could become a frequent target for Brady, especially in the red zone as teams center in on fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski. Of course, that assumes Gronk will be playing in the somewhat near future.
Sudfeld grabbed two catches during last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a leaping touchdown. He also hauled in an impressive two point conversion and looks well on his way to becoming a focal point of the Pat’s offense.