Hernandez will be hard to replace

Former Patriots tight end's unique versatility was invaluable

Updated: June 27, 2013, 9:25 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

The timetable for a verdict for former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on six charges, including the murder of Odin Lloyd, is unknown, but what we do know is this: The Patriots will take to the practice fields outside Gillette Stadium to begin training camp in advance of the 2013 regular season in less than one month.

All eyes will be on an offense that endured substantial turnover this offseason, while also dealing with multiple surgeries to standout tight end Rob Gronkowski. He most ...

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