Re: Aaron Hernandez
posted at 4/27/2010 8:36 AM EDT
One thing that MB said that is most interesting is Hernandez versatility. With a guy like Gronk, a more inline TE, you pretty much know what your getting (if you are a defense)...good blocker, good pass catcher. He is a match up problem because of size, but you could stick your faster LB or safety on him...won't win all the time, but can win.
With Hernandez, IF USED PROPERLY, could be a wild card type of player defenses will have to specifically scheme around. We could virtually line him up on the line, as an Hback, in the slot, etc. He's too big for a CB to cover, to fast for a LB (most LB's) to cover. His blocking is adequate, and can be improved, but when lining up as a hback, I think he could provide decent pass protection for Brady, then scoot out of the backfield ala Faulk.
Now imagine Brady in the shotgun and Faulk on Brady's right side, Hernandez on Brady's left side. Both are pass catching options, both can handle pass protection, both can probably run. If you are a defense, what do you do? Couple this with Gronk, Moss, Edelman, Tate, etc. and you have a pretty dynamic offense that can score points and control the ball. I for one would like to see if Hernandez can run out of the backfield...anyone have an info or thoughts on this?...Could we use him as a powerback?
I know we are a long way away from opening day, but we are limited I think by only our creativity in using Hernandez with other's on the roster in terms of play calling. I honestly hope who ever is calling plays this year recognizes the weaponry and uses them right without telegraphing what the play is.