Top 3 Patriots Tight Ends of the Tom Brady Era

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Apr 3, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) shakes hands with quarterback Tom Brady prior to the Opening Day game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady makes passes to tight ends much more often than other quarterbacks in the league. Here are the top three players to grace that position in New England during the Brady era.

No. 3: Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett played for the New England Patriots for almost two years from 2016 to 2017. He played in 16 regular-season games for the Patriots in 2016, but only two contests in 2017. Over those 18 games, he had 61 receptions for 754 total yards and seven touchdowns. Despite his small amount of time with the Patriots, he made an impact to help the team. In 2017, he helped the team win the Super Bowl, playing in three postseason games along the way and notching 11 receptions for 98 yards.

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