Five New England Patriots Rookie Tight End Fun Facts

The New England Patriots have had a lot of great players over the years. They, in fact, have a reputation for almost always having very productive tight ends. Here is a look at some fun facts related to Patriots rookie tight ends.

A New Single Season TD Record

When Rob Gronkowski caught 10 TD passes as a rookie in 2010, he set a new Patriots single season record for rookie tight ends. This broke the old record of four that had been set by Russ Francis in 1975 and tied by Don Hasselbeck in 1977.

Breaking The 500 Yard Receiving Mark

The fist Patriots rookie tight end to go over 500 receiving yards in a season was Russ Francis who caught 35 passes for 636 yards in 1975. Two players would join him in that club when in 2010 Aaron Hernandez caught 563 yards worth of passes and Rob Gronkowski caught 546 yards worth of passes.

Rob Gronkowski’s Very First Game

Rob Gronkowski turned in a very unusual stat line for his very first game, a 2010 Patriots win over the Bengals. For the game, he caught one pass for a one yard gain and a touchdown. He also had his first penalty called on him for a false start in the fourth quarter.

100 Yard Games

The first rookie tight end to get a 100 yard game for the Patriots was Jim Whalen. He did this in a 1965 loss to the Raiders when he caught three passes for 109 yards. Russ Francis would get one of his own as a rookie in 1975 and then Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski would each have one in 2010 as rookies.

Ben Coates One And Only

Ben Coates would go on to make multiple Pro Bowls, but as a rookie tight end for the Patriots in 1991, he caught just one single touchdown pass. It came in the fourth quarter of a win over the Colts, went for two yards, and was thrown to him by Hugh Millen.

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