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Position Snapshot: Tight Ends

With some down time before training camp, we're inspecting the Patriots roster position by position. Today, an examination of tight ends.

With some down time before training camp, we're inspecting the Patriots roster position by position. Today, an examination of tight ends.

LOCKS: Rob Gronkowski

BUBBLE: Dwayne Allen, Troy Niklas, Jacob Hollister

LONG SHOTS: Ryan Izzo, Will Tye, Shane Wimann

BREAKDOWN: Given the at-time bizarre nature of the offseason for Gronkowski, even the All-Pro's situation isn't quite clear. Assuming he isn't traded or retired, Gronk will be his normal dominant self as the focal point of the offense.

Allen had a solid spring after a difficult first season in New England. He might need to come down from his $5-plus million salary but he should remain as a backup. Hollister had a strong spring as well and was more impressive than Niklas at OTAs and mini-camp. Might only be room for one on the roster.

Izzo, a seventh-round pick, could be fighting with Tye and Wimann, an undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois, for a job on the practice squad.

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