With Rob Gronkowski retiring last year, tight end position for New England is the weakest position on the field. As the saying goes “a team is only as good as its weakest link”. These are the reasons the Patriots tight end position is struggling right now.
Patriots Tight End Suspensions
We had a starting tight end, Benjamin Watson until he got suspended and can’t play for the first four games. Watson last season received two touchdowns for 400 yards over 35 receptions. With Watson being suspended this leaves Matt LaCosse, Lance Kendricks, and Ryan Izzo. Then Lance Kendricks gets suspended leaving the tight end position to some below-average tight ends. This will not hold back the Patriots offense, but it may hold them back from the potential that they had.
Patriots Tight End Going into Week 1
Matt LaCosse is the starting tight end going into week one this season. He is right now one of the worst starting tight ends in the NFL. LaCosse is a solid backup. He and Watson are a good duo, but with him at starter does not make sense. I can see the Patriots making a trade for a tight end such as Eric Ebron since they have two starting-caliber tight ends in Indianapolis. They need a quarterback so we could trade Jarret Stidham and a pick or two for Ebron and then are problems are solved.
The Patriots tight ends are nowhere near bad, but they are unproven and have been in a backup role their whole career. If he plays like a top 20 tight end then I will be happy, but if they play as a backup tonight I will not be surprised. They are all good blocking tight ends though so we may see a lot more running in the first couple of weeks mixed in with Tom Brady’s short passing.