New England Patriots Links 6/09/10 - TE Aaron Hernandez Signed To A Four-Year Deal; Ty Warren Is Back

Rookie TE Aaron Hernandez at spring camp.

Albert Breer reports newly signed rookie TE Aaron Hernandez has been pretty impressive in the team's spring camps.

If Hernandez can sort through [whatever off-field problems he had that caused him to fall in the draft], he looks like a good bet to contribute in his rookie year. He was already running with the starters in organized team activities, and seemed to be a focal point of coaches.

And he's got the versatility to line up all over the formation -- even splitting outside the numbers at times, while also getting reps at fullback and as an in-line tight end, during workouts thus far.

Tom E. Curran says Laurence Maroney isn't a lost cause. He's just off track. At some point - whether it be with the Patriots or elsewhere - the light will come on. 

"Sometimes with the speed I have and my great vision, instead of taking the three-yard play that it is, I try to rely on my ability and try to make a three-yard play and make more out of it and now you got a loss," [Maroney] explained. "Every play ain't gonna be a home run and that's my mistake. I wanna make every play a home run. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. Sometimes you just gotta take what's there and hopefully it opens up the next time. In the past, I think that was one of my problems. So when I say I need to be patient, that's what I mean. Being more patient, setting my blocks up, letting things develop. If I see a hole, explode then. If I don't, just take what's given and get back to the huddle and get ready for the next play."

"It comes with the territory and it's about being a pro to endure those downs and ups and ups and downs," he said. "You'll have weeks when you're at the top. You'll have weeks where you're at the bottom. Being a professional and learning how to embrace those situations is one of the things I have to learn. I still have a ways to go [with maturing]. I'm still the youngest [back on the roster]."

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