Jake Ballard vs. Daniel Fells vs. Michael Hoomanawanui vs. Zach Sudfeld vs. Brandon Ford: It’s hard to make heads-or-tails of the tight end battle for the Patriots right now. This entire group is a question mark, made even more questionable by Rob Gronkowski’s shaky status for Week 1.
Gronkowski will start training camp on the PUP list, opening the door for Ballard (pictured), Fells, Hoomanawanui, Sudfeld and Ford to make their impact felt.
Fells and Hoomanawanui were the primary backups last year, but Sudfeld turned heads at OTAs. Ford is a dark-horse candidate for the roster, but his abilities as an H-back could make him an intriguing compliment to the rest of the depth chart.