5 Reasons TE Is the Most Important Position in the New England Patriots' Offense

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5 Reasons TE Is the Most Important Position in the New England Patriots' Offense
Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire

If quarterback Tom Brady is the brain of the New England Patriots' offense, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are the heart and soul.

The two-headed monster has been a sure thing for the Patriots since both men arrived as rookies in 2010. Their rare athleticism has established a high-octane offense in New England, and defenses have suffered because of it.

Other roles carry more glamor, but blocking receivers are nothing to sneeze at. The Pats are reinventing a position once reserved for undersized offensive linemen.

Here are five reasons why the tight end position is vital for the Patriots.

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