SMY: The Patriots seemingly put a lot of eggs into the Hernandez basket coming into the season, which was a potentially high-reward move that came with some risk since he had missed time in each of his first two seasons. Hernandez really could play a starring role in this offense because he lines up everywhere, so replacing him is not as simple as swapping one guy in when he goes out. They do have Daniel Fells, signed as a free agent in March, but who hasn't played yet to do an offseason shin issue. If Fells is ready to go, he may be able to help, and Deion Branch, re-signed this week, can also help. Gronkowski could be asked to block a bit more than usual if there are still O-line concerns, but he should be used because he's still a matchup problem who can help New England move the ball. Before his ankle injury against Baltimore in the AFC championship game, Gronkowski had five catches for 87 yards.