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Aaron Hernandez changes workouts in hopes of playing 16 games in 2013

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With a retooled receiving corps and questions swirling about the fitness of tight end Rob Gronkowski’s surgically repaired forearm, the Patriots have to be hoping for a strong contribution from tight end Aaron Hernandez next season.

The chances of getting one would rise significantly if Hernandez is able to remain in the lineup for all 16 games. He’s never done that in his three NFL seasons and Hernandez has altered his offseason program in hopes of making that outcome more likely.

“Just been training, trying to get my body right, get my strength up so I can have a decent season next year,” Hernandez said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “I’d say more attention to specific muscles instead of just doing the basic bench, squat and all that other stuff. I’d say I started a little earlier this year to maybe try to get through 16 games this season.┬áIt’s away from everything else — away from my family, my friends, gives me time to focus on football, focus on my main priorities in life.”

Hernandez is in Los Angeles, where he’s been able to work out with Tom Brady a few times during the offseason in order to build on their already strong chemistry. Hernandez told Howe that he has no worries about the changes to the offense as long as Brady’s at the controls and plenty other doubts will likely fade away if Hernandez is able to remain on the field for the entire year.

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9 Responses to “Aaron Hernandez changes workouts in hopes of playing 16 games in 2013”
  1. nepo784 says: Apr 11, 2013 9:51 AM

    “Hopes”?… How about you just go out and play 16 games

  2. patriotenvy says: Apr 11, 2013 9:58 AM

    I believe he can make the biggest difference on this offense. Break out season comming.

  3. toybkshr says: Apr 11, 2013 10:06 AM

    Has to help if he’s realized that the general weight room stuff isn’t enough and has to strengthen specific area’s.

  4. synysterjman says: Apr 11, 2013 10:07 AM

    As long as he and Gronk and Brady are healthy, we should have a good run this year. 81 make it rain!

  5. lo6icalvoice says: Apr 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    If he can stay healthy his legit breakout year is coming. McD is gonna move this guy around so much now that they have Ballard.

  6. CKL says: Apr 11, 2013 10:55 AM

    Glad to hear it AHern. Immense talent but if you’re not available, it obviously doesn’t help. Since the Pats have a bunch of “IR specials” who catch passes, it would be nice to see them all together and healthy for most of a season.

  7. kacapaco says: Apr 11, 2013 11:05 AM

    little to no chance that he starts 16 games a season. He n Gronk has basically fragile body type.

  8. pftfollower says: Apr 11, 2013 11:55 AM

    As long as he keeps practicing his super lame played out Lebron copycat “powder puff” celebration he will be fine.

  9. patriots420 says: Apr 11, 2013 9:39 PM

    Yesterday I put 2 new strains in the dirt “gronk smash” and “rain maker”

    OG father and my special Toke Brady and Welkillah (regrettably named)

    I would be happy to donate some to both TE’s for medical reasons of course, or recreational.

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