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Beaten to the punch

---When it comes to drafting tight ends, New England has already beaten Baltimore.

Like New England, the Ravens picked two tight ends high in the 2010 draft with Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta but any comparison to the Patriots Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez end there.

The Pats took Gronkowski, a native of Amherst, with the 42nd pick overall in the second round – one spot after the Buffalo Bills selected Torell Troup – while Baltimore took defensive end Sergio Kindle at 43. The Ravens picked Dickson in the third round with the 70th pick overall while the Patriots took Hernandez in the fourth round at 113th and the Baltimore drafted Pitta one pick later.

While Dickson and Pitta have played well, New England’s pair have attacked the record book, scoring a combined 44 touchdowns in two seasons. Dickson and Pitta have nine career TDs.

“All those touchdowns they’ve earned through their hard work, preparation and their ability mentally what we’re trying to do with them so they can be in position to catch those,’’ Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said. “Both those guys have really worked hard put themselves in a position so they can be a big factor in our offense.’’

---Rodney McKissic


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