In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
The more I hear Felger and Mazz discuss it, the more I buy into the belief that Welker has caught his last pass in a Patriots' uniform... tag will be used on Talib.
I believe that the succession plan is in place and in house with Hernandez turning into your primary slot guy, Edelman being re-signed to provide depth and Gronk/Ballard as your primary TE's.
I do think that they'll need to pickup another TE (with receiving ability) and believe, under this scenario, that they could target one of the many late Day 2/ Day 3 kids available in this years draft class (list below).
I also think another WR is in play, whether it be in FA or in the Draft, giving you the following:
WR: Lloyd, Hernandez, Edelman, FA/Drafted player (Boldin (if he's released), Jennings (prob too expensive), Amendola, Bowe (see: Jennings, Greg), Hartline, Donnie Avery, Brandon Gibson, Johnny Knox, Devery Henderson, etc. / Hopkins, Patton, Woods, Sanders, Bailey, Swope, Wheaton, Vernon, Harper, Moe etc.).
TE: Gronk/Ballard/FA/Drafted player/maybe Hooman
TE- Travis Kelce- Cincy
TE- Nick Kasa- Colorado
TE- Levine Toilolo- Stanford
TE- Dion Sims- Michigan State
TE- Vance McDonald- Rice
TE- Michael Williams- Alabama
TE- Joseph Fauria- UCLA
If I was looking for a receiving TE in this draft I'd be looking at Chris Gragg. He's a tweener to small for a TE but to large and slow for a WR. The kid mismatches though when matched up against smaller S's and is too quick for LB's. If he makes it into the back end of day 2 or early day 3 I'd look to move up and grab him, provided they want another Hern type
Certainly fits the mold of that flex TE/H back type, just a matter of what kinda kid BB is targeting for the position.