It’s unfortunate any time a player gets injured, or is involved with legal issues. For the Buffalo Bills, the misfortunes of the New England Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski and recently released tight end Aaron Hernandez may improve their chances against the reigning AFC East champions.
Today, the New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez hours before he was formally charged for the first degree murder of Odin Lloyd. According to the associated press, Hernandez is also facing five gun related charges. Hernandez did not record any receptions in their 2 games against the Bills last season, but finished with 483 yards and 5 touchdowns on 51 receptions.
As for Rob Gronkowski: the Buffalo native and 2 time pro-bowl tight end has had multiple surgeries on his left forearm, along with back surgery 8 days ago. The Patriots will be lucky if Gronk is back for their week 1 match up in Buffalo. Last season Gronkowski burned the Bills for 104 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 52-28 route on September 30th. In their mid-November meeting, Gronkowski was limited to only 31 yards receiving and a touchdown in the Patriots 37-31 victory.
Although you would never wish these misfortunes on your most mortal enemies (even the Miami Dolphins), any subtraction of weapons for Tom Brady can’t hurt the Bills chances. I do not expect the addition of Danny Amendola to come close to a Wes Welker. And if Mike Petine’s defense is going to be as aggressive as it sounds, it could be an interesting week 1 match up in Orchard Park.