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Friday, August 30, 2013, 6:31pm


The Patriots releases TEs Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells.

Fantasy Impact:

The moves indicate that the Patriots feel good about Rob Gronkowski returning sooner rather than later. It's also a vote of confidence for rookie Zach Sudfeld, who figures to get plenty of work, especially with Gronk out.


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 1:40pm

Boston.com - [Full Article]

Patriots Zach Sudfeld took a majority of the first-team work at tight end during team drills while Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard sat on the sideline.

There was a moment where Tom Brady yelled at Sudfeld for not getting to the ground in a drill simulating a late-game situation, but Sudfeld has been one of the most impressive Patriots throughout camp, and he carried it over into joint practices by consistently getting open against the Buccaneers linebackers and safeties. Sudfeld went 2-1 in the one-on-one coverage drills with the Patriots running backs and tight ends vs. the Buccaneers linebackers and safeties. He also caught a team-high three passes in 11-on-11 work, including a touchdown against safety Keith Tandy.

Fantasy Impact:

Sudfeld might be the right player to handcuff to Rob Gronkowski. He's been getting glowing reports from camp and it looks like he would start if Gronk misses time at the beginning of the season.

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1:27pm

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Patriot TEs Zach Sudfeld, Daniel Fells, Jake Ballard and Michael Hoomanawanui all filled their roles nicely in the opener. Sudfeld will assume some of Aaron Hernandez’ responsibilities, lining up offset or in the slot and catching passes, and his nifty spin move by the sideline was eerily familiar. Fells, who has had a nice camp, played well in his blocking and receiving assignments.

Ballard was counted on as more of a blocker, and Hoomanawanui did some of the same, including several snaps at fullback. All four would be useful on the 53-man roster until Rob Gronkowski returns.

Fantasy Impact:

Sudfeld and Fells have stood out the most in camp and there was talk of Ballard not making the team as he tries to get back to 100-percent. It seems like all could make the team if Gronkowski misses time or starts on PUP. But with the lack of info about Gronk, it's even possible Gronkowski is ready for week one. Either way, don't expect any of the other TEs to put up Hernandez-like numbers as the Pats are expected to run more and/or use more three WR sets.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:19am

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Jake Ballard was great for the Giants in 2011 with 604 receiving yards and four touchdowns, but we’re concerned about his mobility and pain threshold, even 18 months after ACL and microfracture surgery. Ballard doesn’t have any guaranteed money on his contract, either, so the Patriots could cut him with no salary-cap penalty.

Fantasy Impact:

Right now Daniel Fells is leading the way in camp and undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld has also looked good.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:18am

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Daniel Fells appears to be the No. 1 guy right now, with Michael Hoomanawanui taking on more of an H-back role.

Fantasy Impact:

Don't expect Fells to put up Aaron Hernandez-like numbers, though. The Pats will likely go to three receiver sets more often and/or run more.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:15am

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

There’s talent among the TEs after Rob Gronkowski, especially with undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld, who may be the best all-around member on the field right now. He’s a tall red-zone target (6 feet 7 inches), the most fluid athlete on the field, and was graded as the best blocking tight end in this year’s draft. His injury history at Nevada scared teams, but if he stays healthy he’s got a roster spot locked up.

Fantasy Impact:

Sudfeld would likely be the third TE, behind Daniel Fells, unless Gronkowski isn't ready to start the season. Regardless, don't expect Aaron Hernandez-like fantasy production from whomever is behind Gronkowski. The Pats will likely run more and/or use more of a three-receiver set.

Breaking: Patriots release TE Aaron Hernandez
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 10:23am

Patriots.com - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots have announced the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide last week in North Attleboro, Mass.

The New England Patriots issued the following statement: “A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

Fantasy Impact:

Apparently the Patriots aren't waiting for due process to run its course here. This is a damning sign for Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots will walk away from the embattled TE and his guaranteed money and move on with a less than 100% Rob Gronkowski, Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui on the roster. Another player to monitor is rookie 6'7" Zach Sudfeld out of Nevada. Sudfeld went undrafted, but had a really impressive pro day and the fact that the Patriots picked him up during all this turmoil may be telling. The loss of Hernandez as a weapon ultimately hurts Tom Brady. The Patriots could move towards a more run-oriented attack led by Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. We'll have a full rankings update with all the fallout later today, but don't expect Ballard or any other TE to just step in and fill the hole left by Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez sued for allegedy shooting man
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 2:51pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Things are slowly going from bad to worse for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

On Wednesday, Boston media reported Hernandez hasn't been ruled out as a suspect in a homicide case where a dead body was found less than a mile from his home.

Now Hernandez will reportedly be facing a lawsuit stemming from a February incident where he allegedly shot a man in the face, according to TMZ. Sports Illustrated has also confirmed the existence of the lawsuit.

According to TMZ, the man filing the lawsuit, Alexander Bradley, claims he went to a club in Miami with Hernandez on Feb. 13 and at some point, an argument broke out between the two men.

Hernandez and Bradley left the club in the same car, where the argument continued. At some point during the car ride, Hernandez allegedly aimed a gun at Bradley and the gun discharged, hitting Bradley in the face, according to the report.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradley claims to have lost his right eye and had reconstructive surgery. He also claims Hernandez isn't licensed to carry a gun. From a football standpoint, the Patriots could already be without TE Rob Gronkowski for at least the start of the season, and right now Hernandez seems to be in a lot of hot water. The Pats currently have 7 TEs on the roster, including Gronk and Hernandez. The other five are: Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, rookie Brandon Ford, Michael Hoomanawanui and rookie Zach Sudfeld.

Aaron Hernandez had shoulder surgery
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 10:49am

Yahoo Sports - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots have more bad injury news at the tight end position as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Aaron Hernandez will likely miss the team's OTAs and minicamp this offseason after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The Patriots began "Phase One" of their offseason program on Monday and have OTA dates scheduled for May 20-21, May 28-30, June 3-4 and June 6-7. The team's mandatory minicamp closes out their offseason program from June 11-13.

News of Hernandez's potential absence this offseason comes one week after a Boston Herald report that Rob Gronkowski may not be ready for the start of the 2013 regular season due to an infection in his twice-broken left forearm. Gronkowski is likely to require an additional surgery on the forearm, which could keep him out through the start of the regular season.

With Gronkowski and Hernandez likely on the shelf this offseason, veterans Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui and first-year player Brad Herman will get plenty of work with the first-team offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Hernandez should be fine for the start of the season, so there's no reason to panic. Of greater concern is Gronkowski's injury, which has put his Week 1 availability in jeopardy.

Sunday, January 13, 2013, 3:28pm

Patriots Inactives
Kamar Aiken WR
Jake Bequette DE
Daniel Fells TE
Derrick Martin DB
Nick McDonald G
Malcolm Williams DB
Markus Zusevics T

Aaron Hernandez expected back Thanksgiving
Monday, November 19, 2012, 9:53am

The Boston Globe - [Full Article]

Pats TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is expected back Thanksgiving night at the Jets. The Patriots held him out Sunday because the short turnaround for Thursday probably wouldn’t have been possible.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the Pats could become a more receiver-focused team with Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman and Greg Salas. It also said Rob Gronkowski and Hernandez play different TE position in the Pats system, so maybe don't expect Hernandez to step in and be Gronk.

If the Patriots want to stick with their two TE system while Gronkowski is out, then Michael Hoomanawanui (6-4, 263) and Daniel Fells (6-4, 265) could fill Gronkowski’s Y position. Hernandez (6-1, 245) and Visanthe Shincoe (6-4, 250) are the flex tight ends. Hoomanawanui and Fells likely wouldn't be great fantasy options, though and Hernandez should still see a bit of increase in value.

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 3:15pm

Patriots Inactives
Jake Bequette DE
Patrick Chung FS
Dan Connolly G
Daniel Fells TE
Justin Francis DE
Aaron Hernandez TE

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