New England Patriots: Trimming the Fat at Training Camp -- Part One

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#1 & #2 — Tight Ends Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui:

The New England Patriots have a gigantic hole to fill at tight end. The entire offense is thrown out of whack by losing this one player. No, not Aaron Hernandez, ranked by FootballOutsiders.com as the 28th best tight end in the NFL last season, but on-the-mend tight end Rob Gronkowski.  Last season the tight end position became “Gronk and everyone else” as he was number one with a bullet in all three.  Hernandez, however, may have been overvalued. In 2011, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski swept the three advanced statistics at tight end and Hernandez rated 11th. In 2010, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was second to Antonio Gates in the rankings while Hernandez was 5th. In hindsight, there may have been “distractions” other than injuries in Hernandez’s life that led to this stunning drop-off last season.

Checkout the complete list of the tight end rankings by FO for 2012 and see the surprising names ahead of Aaron Hernandez on the list (FO Stats Explained: Very simply DYAR means a tight end with more total value. DVOA means a tight end with more value per play and VOA and YAR are the stats not adjusted based on opponent.):

 

Player

Team

DYAR

Rk

YAR

Rk

DVOA

Rk

VOA

R.Gronkowski

NE

268

1

276

1

40.80%

1

42.10%

T.Gonzalez

ATL

235

2

252

2

19.50%

7

21.50%

H.Miller

PIT

193

3

175

3

21.70%

5

19.10%

J.Witten

DAL

183

4

161

4

11.60%

13

9.30%

G.Olsen

CAR

136

5

144

5

13.30%

11

14.50%

B.Myers

OAK

123

6

127

6

11.40%

14

12.00%

V.Davis

SF

102

7

101

8

16.90%

8

16.60%

J.Graham

NO

96

8

105

7

2.70%

23

3.60%

D.Allen

IND

94

9

84

12

14.30%

10

12.00%

A.McCoy

SEA

87

10

91

9

39.40%

2

41.80%

L.Kendricks

STL

86

11

60

21

14.40%

9

7.80%

D.Keller

NYJ

81

12

87

10

26.00%

3

28.20%

J.Finley

GB

78

13

69

15

6.00%

18

4.60%

Player

Team

DYAR

Rk

YAR

Rk

DVOA

Rk

VOA

M.Bennett

NYG

67

14

61

20

3.80%

21

2.80%

L.Paulsen

WAS

66

15

74

13

22.50%

4

26.50%

D.Pitta

BAL

65

16

64

18

3.80%

20

3.60%

J.Gresham

CIN

62

17

44

24

2.90%

22

-0.20%

A.Gates

SD

62

18

86

11

4.20%

19

8.60%

J.Casey

HOU

59

19

64

17

12.70%

12

14.60%

T.Moeaki

KC

57

20

63

19

8.60%

15

10.20%

F.Davis

WAS

56

21

71

14

20.70%

6

28.50%

Z.Miller

SEA

53

22

48

22

7.60%

16

6.30%

O.Daniels

HOU

49

23

47

23

-0.10%

28

-0.30%

S.Chandler

BUF

48

24

66

16

2.20%

24

5.80%

A.Hernandez

NE

45

25

13

32

0.80%

26

-4.90%

M.Lewis

JAC

40

26

35

25

0.80%

25

-0.20%

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