Tag:New England Patriots
Posted on: June 17, 2010 10:57 am

Rookie TE Hernandez Is Becoming a True Patriot

New England’s fourth-round pick out of Florida, tight end Aaron Hernandez, is learning the one skill that all Patriot players must learn: talking to the media without saying anything. Hernandez has been dogged by reports that he failed multiple drug tests for marijuana while in college. He has admitted to failing one test but has been mum on everything else. Wednesday, Hernandez addressed the topic (in Belichick fashion).

“That’s in the past,” Hernandez said. “I’m just worried about the future and the present. I forgot about the past. I just keep grinding and do the best I can for this team.”

Hernandez slipped to the fourth round because of character concerns (he was suspended for a game and parts of another while at Florida; undisclosed reasons). But keep in mind, Belichick is close friends with Urban Meyer. He got the full scoop on the kid before and still comfortable drafting him.

Hernandez is a 6’5”, 250-pound pass-catcher. He’ll work with fellow rookie Rob Gronkowski (as second-rounder) to help fill the hole that was created by Ben Watson’s departure.

--Andy Benoit

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