Yes, Aaron Hernandez. At the start of the season, many of us believed it was going to be Hernandez with the big year and not Gronkowski.
Well, Gronkowski pulled a fast one and hauled in 1,327 receiving yards along with 17 touchdown passes in what many believe was the greatest year for a tight end, ever.
However, Hernandez was still very productive for the Patriots, racking up 910 receiving yards to go with seven touchdowns. They even had him in at fullback a few times to run the ball.
With the Super Bowl around the corner, fate might have Hernandez in store for a huge game.
Gronkowski suffered an injury last game against the Baltimore Ravens. From what we know, it's a high ankle sprain. I know Gronk went back out there in the game against the Ravens, but come on, a high ankle sprain is a high ankle sprain. This is not an easy injury to recover from.
Gronkowski did say he was going to be playing against the Giants, but in reality, this is not going to be the same Gronkowski we have seen all season long.
With that being said, look for Hernandez to take advantage and really step out of Gronkowski's shadow. Gronk will still draw attention—injured or not—and Hernandez will thrive from this. Look for a huge game from one half of the Boston TE Party.
Projected Stats: 100+ receiving yards, two touchdown receptions, 10+ rushing yards
This is Hernandez's moment, and I expect him to take full advantage of it.