Who could have imagined that the team that would have the most troubling offseason in the NFL would be the most consistently successful team since the turn of the millennium? Well, that is exactly what's happening to the New England Patriots, who have garnered a lot of media attention for all the wrong reasons.
Then, their young superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski had multiple surgeries this offseason to repair an ailing left arm and back. It is not certain whether he will be ready for the beginning of the season, and it's safe to say he probably will have an adjustment period whenever he does return to action.
And finally, their other star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, is in the midst of an ongoing homicide investigation. As reported by CBS Boston, a warrant for obstruction of justice has been prepared but has yet to be issued at this point.
As of right now, it appears that Hernandez could be looking at jail time. It seems like a suspension from the NFL could also be in his future, although Hernandez is probably not as concerned about that at the moment.
With all of this uncertainty, the Patriots will definitely need players to step up and start to take larger roles on the team.