The Ends Of An Era? – The Tight Ends

by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff

Call it The Position That Never Was. While New England has had the premier QB since 2001 , Our Tom has lacked a consistent tight end target in the Ben Coates mold. With some off-season pick-ups, Bill Belichick looked to change that.

What I Like

Each End Is A Beginning: Chris Baker and Alex Smith bring experience to Foxboro. Smith (not to be confused with the disappointing San Franciso QB) becomes a prime candidate to take on H-back duties.

It’s Open, But Not British: This version of Thomas/Watson has a different kind of playoff in mind. (Get it? Tom Watson? British Open?… What, too soon?) David Thomas has shown flashes that he hopes to string together. Benjamin Watson comes into the last year of his contract trying to prove he belongs in NE (or somewhere else for lots of money). Let the competition for TE of NE begin!

One DeVree Of Separation: Backup Tyson DeVree seems to catch every rare pass thrown to him. Currently lowest on the depth chart, that 6-foot-6 frame could come in handy along the end line.

What I Don’t Like

Position, Heal Thyself: It’s fair to say that Watson and Thomas have lacked consistency. Simply put, Wile E. Coyote gets injured less often.

The Need For Speed: Though some may see Watson (and his lobster hands) as expendable, his fleet feet set him apart. Baker and Smith weigh 258 each. DeVree was timed at 4.75 at Colorado’s pro day last year. Can Thomas exploit the open seam route (when he gets on the field, I mean)?