Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez make up the best tight end combination in, perhaps, NFL history and give the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady a unique advantage over every other team in the NFL. Gronk is a terrific athlete and pass-catcher who is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL, so he’s a two-way TE in a league where players like that are at a premium. Hernandez is even more athletic and a better pure receiver who can line-up anywhere on the field as a TE, H-Back, slot receiver, and the Pats can also split him out wide.
Gronkowski is recovering from an ankle injury that he suffered last season, and he is doing a great job after starting training camp and the preseason slowly. He’s back to making grabs and blocking at a torrid pace. Meanwhile, Hernandez is busy making monstrous catches, including one he made over solid safety duo Tavon Wilson and Steve Gregory yesterday. Hernandez is poised for a huge year and could join Gronkowksi on an All-Pro team.
Both players are two of the top five tight ends in the league, with Gronkowksi being first or second (depending on your view of Jason Witten, who is also a terrific two-way TE). Aaron Hernandez hasn’t received the national attention that Gronkowski has and doesn’t have an awesome nickname like “Gronk”, but he’s still one of the best offensive weapons in the league.
Anyway, Gronk had something to say about Hernandez- a scouting report, if you will.
“You always see a lot from him, he’s very versatile. He’s a great athlete who can play basically anywhere they ask him to. It’s great playing with him, you learn so much from his quickness, from his bursts, how he gets open and just seeing the same old Aaron you have the last two years – just a very good player.”