One of the biggest weaknesses on the New England Patriots’ roster heading into the 2014 season, is the tight ends. Hopefully Rob Gronkowski recovers from his knee surgery in time to be on the field for training camp, because let’s face it, he is the best offensive weapon Tom Brady has, and one of the best he has ever had. But the Pats need some insurance for Gronk, not only to back him up in an event of another injury, but just to have another threat down the middle of the field, something that has been missing since Aaron Hernandez was released (among other things that happened to him).
Now Michael Hoomanawanui isn’t going to be that receiving threat, but he is one of the best blocking tight ends in football, which is why I think he will be re-signed by New England. I expect the Pats to go after a dynamic receiving tight end as well, but that won’t affect how they treat the Hooman situation. Obviously they aren’t going to break the bank for him, because as great as he is when blocking, he is pretty bad when he goes out for a pass. He can’t get any separation, and aside from an amazing one handed touchdown grab against the Dolphins, Hoomanawnaui didn’t make any impact in the receiving game.
He will be brought back, but just as insurance. New England needs a dynamic force to pair with Gronk, and as much as I like Hooman, he is just not that guy.