Tim Wright may become the Patriots' new version of TE Aaron Hernandez, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Patriots acquired the second-year tight end and a fourth-round draft pick this week by trading LG Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers. Wright is a former college receiver who measures up at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and has 4.65 speed. In his rookie season with the Buccaneers, Wright caught 54 balls for 571 yards and five touchdowns.
The Patriots' acquisition of Wright is one of the most interesting developments of the offseason. Wright is a big target with speed and excellent hands. Paired with QB Tom Brady and the Patriots' TE-friendly offense, it's easy to imagine him making a significant leap in production this year. However, don't overreact to the news. Wright hasn't played a snap with the Patriots yet, and it may take some time for him to adjust to the new offense. And he'll undoubtedly be a secondary option behind Rob Gronkowski . Don't spend more than a late-round pick on Wright. But the upside is there.