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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Hernandez highlights TE production

By Chris Forsberg



MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez opened his sophomore campaign by catching seven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown during New England's 38-24 triumph over Miami Monday night at Sun Life Stadium. Hernandez said he was just happy to be part of the fun as Tom Brady targeted 10 receivers while passing for a team-record 517 yards.

“We've got a great quarterback who puts the ball on the right spot at all times and it’s easy to make the catch," said Hernandez. "Tight ends are a big part of the offense and he knows how to get us the ball.”

Hernandez and fellow second-year tight end Rob Gronkowski combined for 13 catches for 189 yards and two of Brady's four touchdowns. Hernandez shrugged off the continued production from the two young players.

"I guess that’s why they drafted us," he said. "Rob takes a lot of off me. He’s so dynamic that a lot of people have to worry about him, and forget about me. Sometimes they forget about him and have to worry about me, so it’s a great combination.”

Hernandez, who played his college ball at Florida, provided one of the night's more memorable moments with his touchdown celebration that mocked tossing money in the air. This after catching a 1-yard touchdown pass (set up by a more spectacular 30-yard grab that left him lunging for the goal line).

Asked about the celebration, Hernandez smiled and noted, “I made it rain a little bit."