TE Michael Hoomanawanui, Free agent
HT: 6-4, WT: 264, Born: 7-4-1988, College: Illinois, Drafted: Round 5
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Michael Hoomanawanui is more of a blocker than a pass-catcher, but with the tight end position unsettled, he could see more targets. That said, we don't trust anyone not named Gronkowski at this point in the offseason, and save for deep rosters, Hoomanawanui isn't worth a bench spot - which should save you from having to pronounce his name on draft day.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 3 - Hoomanawanui made two plays in the passing game, more than the rest of the New England tight ends combined in the first two games of the season. With Rob Gronkowski still out of the lineup, Hoomanawanui found an open area in the middle of the field for a first down on one occasion. On the other, he broke free from the initial defender in the flat en route to a big gain that got New England into field goal range. While he will likely have a limited passing role with Gronkowski healthy, he had an impact this week with his few opportunities.
Week 6 - In what was the most productive day for a Patriots tight end this season, Hoomanawanui showed solid vision and football smarts on all of his catches, often converting first downs and leaking out into areas where he could either run untouched for solid yards after catch, or beating defenders one on one. His best play was a leaked conversion on 3rd and 18 for 19 yards, where he had the presence of mind to juke a defender and narrowly make the first down marker. He knew exactly where he was going and got there. Notably, all his catches were short throws, as nothing was down the seam or in the endzone.
Week 15 - 'Hooman' was a bit more involved this week thanks to being healed from injury and Rob Gronkowski's trip to I.R. His highlight play was a spectacular one handed grab for a touchdown that you may be seeing on the top plays from Week 15. Other than that, most of the offense was funneled through the slot wide receivers and quicker pass plays.
Week 19 - Hoomanawanui got one target and caught it, but only after bobbling it into the air. He was a bigger factor as a run blocker in this game.