Normally, the Patriots are pretty strong at tight end -- one might argue that they have the best 1-2 punch in the league -- but there's reason for concern heading into this season. Rob Gronkowski's battling a mysterious arm infection, and Aaron Hernandez will miss significant time in the preseason after having shoulder surgery. It's difficult to imagine the modern Patriots without a huge emphasis on their tight end passing game, but they might have to make do if neither player can stay healthy.

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Patriots' outlook?

The modern Patriots are nearly always on the short list of preseason Super Bowl contenders, but if their tight ends are at less than 100 percent, they might be in for a disappointment.


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