FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As a longtime teammate of tight end Tony Gonzalez with the Chiefs, offensive lineman Brian Waters saw how an elite tight end can be a lethal weapon for an offense.
He thought he'd seen it all. Now he's seeing double.
Waters' perspective on second-year Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez speaks volumes.
"I think that there’s a little bit of Tony in both of those guys," he said. "I think both of those guys are definitely, not to knock Tony because I have a great amount of respect for Tony, but both of those guys are tremendous athletes to go along with their skill. Tony, to me, is by far the best tight end to ever play. These two guys give you something that a lot of teams haven’t ever had to my knowledge. I don’t know the history of football, you probably could ask Bill [Belichick] or some of the older coaches about it, but to be honest with you, I haven’t seen a duo like this since I’ve been in the league by far."
Waters has been in it since 2000.
What does he see that makes Gronkowski and Hernandez such a threat?
"Gronk’s ability to block, Aaron’s versatility, their intelligence for their game – they clearly have a great understanding for Tom [Brady], a feel for the game and how he’s looking at the game and connecting with both of them. The way they finish each play and their ability to make plays outside, inside, red zone, middle of the field, the ability to catch the ball in front of them, over their shoulder – they have an unbelievable amount of skill that they use and they’re just getting better. They’re at the beginning of how good they’re going to be."