New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the league one month ago. Since then, the Patriots have been looking into finding a replacement for Gronkowski, who was one of Tom Brady’s best weapons on the field.
By the looks of it, Tom Brady has been doing some research himself. He took it to social media to make a rather interesting proposition that doesn’t involve free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft. According to Brady, he thinks that 6-foot-9, 256-pound Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara could be Gronkowski’s replacement:
In early April, the Patriots announced that they signed German tight end Jakob Johnson to their roster. Johnson spent the last season playing for the German Stuttgart Scorpions. He racked up a total of 43 catches for 474 yards and four touchdowns while having 12 tackles as well.
During his college years, Johnson played as a tight end, but also was a fullback and even had some opportunities on defense as well as special teams. The fact that he is a very versatile player is probably what interested the Patriots the most. As a college football player, Johnson was able to total just three receptions for 23 yards, while also notching 22 tackles and one forced fumble.
A couple of weeks back, the Patriots announced that they signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is expected to become a prominent part of New England’s passing attack. Prior to signing with the Patriots, he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets.
Players like Seferian-Jenkins often bloom after signing with the Patriots. Take a look at Gordon and how much he accomplished after coming to New England. Right now, Seferian-Jenkins is easily the most accomplished tight end on the roster that also has Jacob Hollister, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson and Ryan Izzo.
We can’t wait to see if the Patriots find another good tight end to sign in this year’s NFL draft.