Not one to get excited by watching pre-season NFL football, even I have had wry grin on my face after reading and listening to reports about Patriots rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The former Florida Gator is already being targeted by Super Bowl winning QB Tom Brady more than a straw bale circle at an archery contest.
I run two full 55 man roster fantasy leagues, and in both leagues I picked up Hernandez in the rookie drafts.
Man do I feel good about that situation right now.
My prediction for Hernandez’s rookie NFL stats are realistic, I’m going for 40 catches and 400 yards and 3 touchdowns.
I have a gut feeling those inked arms will be making a few highlight reel catches before we even hit October.
Having caught balls from Tim Tebow (in college), adapting to his unique throwing style, Hernandez will now have to reprogram his hands to catch from one of the NFL’s greatest.
I know the Patriots drafted another TE higher than Hernandez in the 2010 Draft, namely Rob Gronkowski, but the style of play in New England is better suited to the multi-dimensional Mr H.
Rumour has it the Patriots will be using a 3 TE set, moving Hernandez around the field, from TE to slot WR to HB/FB.
If that happens my predictions could be exceeded.
With Randy Moss streaking downfield,Wes Welker back fit, and guys like Julian Eldleman looking for targets, there will be plenty of times that Hernandez will be marked by a linebacker or a slow safety. It all adds up for a spectacular rookie season.
If Hernandez translates his pre-season potential into regular season results then he could be looking at more than a pat on the back come January 2011.
What do YOU think of Hernandez’s prospects as a rookie?