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Group hopes to fill Patriots’ tight end void

Five bidding to grab more playing time

FOXBOROUGH — Seemingly overnight, a position of strength for the Patriots, a position that was arguably the strongest in the NFL, became a question mark: tight end.

With Rob Gronkowski undergoing surgeries on his arm and then back and Aaron Hernandez now cut loose after being charged with murder, New England is currently left with three unheralded players and two rookies to try to approximate the production it has gotten from Gronkowski and Hernandez in recent seasons.

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