Monday, December 3, 2012

Patriots' Hernandez didn't miss a snap vs. Dolphins


The New England Patriots lost the best tight end in football, Rob Gronkowski, a few weeks ago for maybe the remainder of the regular season. Their next option is just fine. (photo: jdn, Flickr)

Not surprisingly, Aaron Hernandez is heating up for a stellar end to the year. Despite missing chunks of the season to injury, he's fully dialed in to the Patriots' offense as of late.

That was especially obvious Sunday in a win over the Miami Dolphins.

According to ESPN Boston, Hernandez was the only offensive "skill" player besides Tom Brady to play every single snap (79) for New England. He was targeted 13 times, catching eight passes for 97 yards. The matchup nightmare nearly scored twice, as well.

Hernandez is poised to play a huge role in the Patriots' playoff run. He caught two touchdowns in the playoffs last season alongside Gronkowski, but he could be mostly on his own this time around if Gronkowski, who is a still a question mark on if and when he'll return, isn't full-go.

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