When the Patriots were blown out of the playoffs by the Ravens in early 2010, the team set about reconstructing its offense to run around a set of talented tight ends.
Hernandez, who is also a receiver, fullback and running back, is the most recent player who has revolutionized how teams use tight ends.
Greg A. Bedard illustrates two plays that show how New England exploits defenses with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
The rise of dominant tight ends has given opportunities to “tweeners” -- defensive back/linebacker combinations who used to be left out but now are expected to counter athletic tight ends.
With help from an NFL scout, the Globe breaks down the rankings of the 10 best tight ends in the NFL today.
The Globe breaks down the rankings of the 10 best tight ends in NFL history.
New England has a long tradition of developing Pro Bowl-caliber tight ends. Meet some of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez’s predecessors.
Bill Belichick has assembled one of the youngest rosters of his 13-year Patriots career as he seeks to return to the Super Bowl. Meet the players who make up his 2012 roster.
Familiar foe Peyton Manning is back to challenge Tom Brady this season. But will he and his new Broncos teammates be serious contenders?
Eli Manning’s team may be the defending champions, but they have teams such as the Packers, Cowboys and 49ers eager to take them down.
Take a look at the Patriots’ path back to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2012 season.
Who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XLVII? The Boston Globe’s football staff makes its picks for winners during the 2012 season.
Zolak, in his first season replacing Gino Cappelletti in the Patriots’ radio booth, said his sideline role last season has made the transition smoother.