Eric Tomlinson had a crazy week with the New England Patriots, and that’s
pretty much the same thing every player says regarding the first week with the
Tomlinson signed and practiced with the Pats on Tuesday. He had to go
back to Houston, Texas, because of his plans. His wife had a C-section
Wednesday morning, and Tomlinson would never miss that. He arrived in Texas
right on time for the birth of Leslie Stone Tomlinson.
His first child is named after his dad, Leslie, and the little baby will
go by “Stone.”
Tomlinson is expected to play an important role with the Pats. He and
Ben Watson are the only tight ends with the team. Ryan Izzo suffered a
concussion and Matt LaCosse had a knee issue.
“It’s been a quick adjustment,” Tomlinson said. “Just have to
get in the playbook, stay in the playbook and get ready for this week.”
The Patriots need a fullback and tight end, and Tomlinson is fine with both positions.
“In my previous teams, I’ve done both,” Tomlinson said. “I
feel comfortable doing both.”
Head coach Bill Belichick shared some details about Tomlinson.
“He’s a bigger guy,” he said Thursday. “Probably more of a . .
. you know, bigger, has blocking ability. He has been in the backfield.
He’s played on the line of scrimmage. So, I don’t know. We’ll see how that all
The offense struggles without Rob Gronkowski, and according to Josh
McDaniels, no player will ever replace him.
“Nobody’s going to replace Rob. So it doesn’t matter what we’re doing, or who we bring in, that person is not just going to drop into the offense and say, ‘OK, I’ve got his role covered.’ That’s not going to happen,” McDaniels said. “I think what you do is take the best group you can put together, figure out what their strengths are, and try to play to them.
“So at this point, I don’t really know. It would be unfair for
me to say that, because I haven’t really seen many of them out there in our
scheme, against a defense, obviously nothing in pads. So I think OTAs and
training camp will be big for us this year in terms of evaluating what we have
and how we should play. In May, it’s tough to say. It’s tough to project that.”