Patriots getting a leader in Crumpler

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The Patriots have had a hole on their roster at tight end for a few weeks. Some think the leadership void has been there for months.

We reported on New England taking care of the former problem tonight. And in doing so, they might have taken a step to shoring up the latter as well.

ESPN.com’s AFC South blogger, Paul Kuharsky, posted some interesting comments from Tennessee tight end Jared Cook — the team’s third-round pick in 2009 (taken after a trade with the Patriots, coincidentally) — a short while ago. Check it out:

“Crump was a big influence on my first year, he just taught me so much.
Every chance I got I would ask him questions, just picking his brain a
little bit. He was kind of a backbone, to correct a lot of things when
I came off the field in any aspect of the game. It’s just part of the
game, if he won’t be here, well, that’s just part of football.

“Me and Crump, we’re two different types of tight ends. I think that’s more of Craig Stevens M.O. than mine.”

That is to say that Stevens, a 2008 third-round pick, stands to take on more of Crumpler’s duties. And that all the guys in a young Titan tight end group will miss the old man’s presence.

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