With all three of the New England Patriots noteworthy tight ends injured or nicked up yesterday, an undrafted rookie in Zach Sudfeld was able to shine during the last session of media-access OTAs for the Patriots. We all know that Sudfeld can ball, but he had health concerns coming into the draft that caused him to go undrafted (most of those health concerns end up being way overblown, by the way).
Sudfeld received praise from a variety of beat writers, including ESPN Boston’s Field Yates, who also implied that Sudfeld has looked good throughout OTAs. Yates praised Sudfeld as a “smooth” pass-catcher, and I think he is a near-lock for a slot on the practice squad. His impressive performance at yesterday’s OTAs has not gone unnoticed, and he came up big at a practice that saw Jake Ballard go down in the end zone with a left ankle or foot injury. Aaron Hernandez was able to run some routes and catch passes from Tom Brady at the end of practice, but he was definitely limited. Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski was obviously out, so Sudfeld took advantage of the increased reps yesterday.
At 6’7″, 255 pounds, Sudfeld can be a matchup nightmare and is a tight end with tantalizing upside. The fact that he has been performing consistently and at a solid rate during OTAs is encouraging, and Yates believes that there is a chance of Sudfeld seeing plenty of reps in training camp as well.
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