New England Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld had a disappointing day in the team's season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Sudfeld was expected to contribute with all of the disarray at the tight end position -- Aaron Hernandez being released due to his murder charge and Rob Gronkowski having multiple surgeries this offseason ... but he did not.
Rather, he did not contribute in a positive manner. He did, however, get his hands on a pass that was eventually intercepted, leading to diminished playing time in the second half. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Sudfeld was in on just 19 of 94 plays, a whopping four of which occurred in the second half.
Sudfeld did not manage any receptions on the day.
Fantasy Impact: Sudfeld was supposed to come in and perform in Gronkowski's absence. Most envisioned that "Gronk" would come back and Sudfeld would occupy the Aaron Hernandez route. It seems that simply being big and able isn't enough, though, as Sudfeld rarely saw the field while Michael Hoomanawanui took part in 80 of 94 snaps. Sudfeld is still an intriguing option and should get another couple chances to prove himself, but it was not a good start for the rookie tight end.