To make matters worse for Bristol's Hernandez, in the Patriots' 36-35 loss to the Rams Thursday night, he watched fellow rookie tight end Ron Gronkowski, perhaps, take over as the No. 2 TE, behind Alge Crumpler. Gronkowski caught three passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Obviously, Gronkowski would take away a ton of playing time from Hernandez.
Next week, the final week of preseason, will be huge for all of the players. As will Tuesday, which is cut-down day.