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Countdown to camp: TEs — Rob Gronkowski leads deep positional group

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With Patriots camp set to open Thursday, we wanted to reset the roster at each position and give you a few things we’ll be keeping an eye on down in Foxborough. Today, we take a look at the tight ends.

It was an eventful offseason for Rob Gronkowski, but the big fella is back for another season in New England. As for Dwayne Allen and his oversized contract, there could be some movement there, but for the moment, we’ll pencil him in as the No. 2. They’re ably backed by Jacob Hollister, Troy Niklas, Will Tye, Ryan Izzo, Shane Wimann, and James Develin. (Yes, we know Develin is technically a fullback, but he practices with the tight ends, so we'll include him as part of this group here.)

No. 1: Rob Gronkowski