ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was on SportsCenter this morning to discuss the moving parts of the Patriots' offense. Here's his take on what the loss of Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and the addition of tight end Kellen Winslow and Deion Branch might mean for the team (video above):
"Aaron Hernandez was the Patriots' best receiver, so now they have to make do without their best receiver for at least one month in this particular case. That may mean more three-wide-receiver sets, which is why they bring back Deion Branch to give Tom Brady a security blanket, an added receiver. We've seen increased playing time for Julian Edelman. As soon as Aaron Hernandez went out of the game last week Wes Welker was back into the game plan taking his normal reps. But losing Hernandez is an enormous loss, one of the biggest early season injuries so far with an enormous impact on that Patriots offense. He was out there every play, they used him in various roles. And now, by bringing in Winslow, by bringing in Branch the Patriots are trying to compensate for the loss of a player who was even more valuable than people realize."