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Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez recently underwent hip surgery. He made an appearance at his brother D.J.’s skill camp in Southington, Connecticut on crutches and fielded a plethora (that means a lot) of questions from the kids. His right hip put him on the team’s injury report throughout the season, and it appears he’s finally taken some corrective measures.
In 14 games with the Patriots (seven starts), Hernandez caught 45 passes for 563 yards and six scores. It was the most receptions by a Patriots’ rookie tight end in a season, passing Greg Baty’s 1986 mark. The 563 yards is similarly second to Russ Francis’ 1975 figure.
“You’ve always got to make changes,” said Hernandez. “You can’t be the same player two years in a row. You’ve got to be better every year, and there will be something that the coaches will tell me I need to work on, so I’ll make sure to get it done.”
It’s nice to see Hernandez is getting better and willing to adapt. Hopefully, he won’t have to wait out a lockout, but he’ll be healthy either way. It beats getting asked, “Does Bill Belichick ever smile?”