With the 2013 NFL season fast approaching, the New England Patriots are looking to address their need for a viable option at the tight end position. With unknown and unproven names such as Zach Sudfeld and Jake Ballard atop their depth chart, the team may now be looking elsewhere for help at the position according to ESPN.
Since Rob Gronkowski has been sidelined with various surgeries and Aaron Hernandez facing prison time, the Patriots have been trying all summer to fill a void at a position once considered as their biggest strength.
Sudfeld is impressing coaches in camp, but they are now determined to fond outside help before the season kicks off. Names linked to these reports by Chris Mortensen include Broncos tight end, Jacob Tamme, and Chiefs tight end, Tony Moeaki.
While these reports might reflect the Patriots growing doubt in the health of their all-star tight end Rob Gronkowski, they are more than likely exploring all possible options should Gronk be out for an extended period.
The team might also be looking for more depth at tight end as Jake Ballard has performed poorly behind Sudfeld. With Gronk “right on schedule” for a mid-September return, this is probably just a Patriots fishing expedition unlikely to go anywhere.