The New England Patriots aren’t going to be replacing Rob Gronkowski any time soon, but they still need to look for options to help replenish the depth they lost at the tight end position. Gronkowski is out of the season with an ACL and MCL tear in his right knee after taking a brutal hit from Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward, and it’s just more bad luck for the Patriots. Although it will be difficult, the Patriots passing attack can move on from this injury by receiving more outstanding play from Tom Brady, as well as getting wide receivers like Danny Amendola to step up in a major way.
The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin reports that the New England Patriots will re-sign tight end D.J. Williams as depth at the position following Gronkowski’s injury, and it’s a move that definitely wouldn’t come as a surprise. Even though Williams doesn’t offer much, adding depth at TE is a key for the Pats now, and there is hope that Williams could be a pass-catching piece at TE.
What is interesting about Williams is the fact that he has skill as a receiving tight end, and he actually fits the bill of a young player (25) who could break out of nowhere and produce. Williams has barely played in the league and that may be for a reason (you know, maybe he just stinks), but there’s also an inkling of optimism that Williams has just been a victim of opportunity and could surprise us all with more snaps. It will be interesting to see how many snaps he gets and where he is listed on the depth chart, but he’ll likely just be a No. 2 TE at best and mere depth for the Patriots.