Josh McDaniels explains how Patriots will look to replace Rob Gronkowski

Ryan Hannable
May 10, 2019 - 2:32 pm
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FOXBORO -- Arguably the biggest thing to happen with the Patriots this offseason was the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.

This leaves the Patriots with a tight ends depth chart of Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Watson (not officially signed), Stephen Anderson, Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck.

Clearly, the Patriots will have their work cut out for them when it comes to replacing Gronkowski's production.

So, how will it ultimately get done?

"Look, nobody's going to replace Rob," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Friday at Gillette Stadium. "It doesn't matter what we're doing or who we bring in. That person is not just going to drop into the offense and say, 'OK, I got his role covered.' That's not going to happen. I think what you do is you take the best group that you can put together, figure out what their strengths are and try to play to them.

"At this point, it would be unfair for me to say that because I haven't really seen any of them out there in our scheme against a defense. Obviously, nothing in pads. I think OTAs and training camp will be big for us this year in terms of evaluating what we have and the way we should play. But, in May, it's tough to say. It's tough to project that."

There's still plenty of time between now and training camp to add more pieces, but like McDaniels said, it's hard to really know anything until they get on the field in late July.

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