Different year, same story. The Patriots have been without Rob Gronkowski since the 2019 offseason, but still don't have a clear-cut replacement. Matt LaCosse's decision to opt out has been overshadowed by bigger names, but without him, the Patriots are relying heavily on rookie Devin Asiasi (third round, UCLA).
Reports say he has looked good. But the author added it might be asking too much. When Asiasi didn't take part in team drills late last week after appearing to roll his ankle, there was a notable void.
Start the training camp hype train for rookie tight end Devin Asiasi. He’s heavily involved in practice, caught a few balls up the seam on Tuesday and one crosser over the middle, and was greeted by the entire tight end group including coach Nick Caley for a great pass set on a max protect play-action drop-back.
As the story said, Asiasi is doing it all, quickly, and the quarterbacks are loving targeting him between the numbers. He also caught a touchdown late in practice from Cam Newton on the goal line. We’ll see if it translates into production during the season, but Asiasi is off to a great start, the story said.