New England Patriots rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld showed off a lot of talent this offseason and looks like a real diamond in the rough at the tight end position, and I am definitely buying into the hype. Sudfeld, however, did not have a good game on Sunday, as he was targeted just once with his slip leading to Tom Brady’s only interception. The Patriots only played Zach Sudfeld for 19 snaps, and that number was a huge surprise to many of us. Sudfeld barely played, but we now know why. According to the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, Zach Sudfeld pulled a hamstring yesterday, and that’s why he did not play in the fourth quarter.
Sudfeld should certainly bounce back from a rough debut once he’s healthy, and let’s hope he doesn’t miss any time. The Patriots are already dealing with some bad news on the injury front, as Shane Vereen is going to be out for a few weeks with a wrist injury. Sudfeld’s injury means that the Patriots could be left with just one tight end active on gameday against the New York Jets in Michael Hoomanawanui, who is a solid veteran (better blocker than pass-catcher) but also had a rough game on Sunday (uncharacteristically rough day at the office for Hooman as a blocker).
Volin’s report has further soured my mood, and we can only hope that Sudfeld is fine. He is a talented player despite his rough day, and, more importantly, Zach Sudfeld missing time means that the New England Patriots would be thin at tight end. We should tamper our expectations of Sudfeld a bit, but it often pays to be patient; let’s see what the news wire brings us.