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Scott Chandler: I’m not trying to be Gronk because I would fail

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Tight end Scott Chandler #88 of the New England Patriots scores a second quarter touchdown past strong safety David Bruton #30 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 29, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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We know the Patriots will have to shift some things around offensively without tight end Rob Gronkowski while he recovers from a knee injury.

We don’t know exactly what they’re planning to do on that front, but there’s a good chance that being the next tight end up on the depth chart will make Scott Chandler part of those plans. Chandler says that no one should expect him to simply step into Gronkowski’s shoes, though.

“I don’t know that it’s always that easy,” Chandler said, via “There’s not a lot of Robs walking around. I’m just doing what I can here. I’m focused on that. I’m not trying to be Rob, because I would fail.”

Chandler, who signed with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason after five years with the Bills, has 19 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Those numbers don’t jump off the page, but he had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in his most productive outing of the season last week. That might not be Gronk-level output, but Chandler should be a useful piece for the Patriots as long as Gronkowski is missing in action.