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The Pats’ Problems at TE Make it Time to Talk About Zach Sudfeld, the 6’7″ Bro with the 37″ Vertical

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Last week I wrote about Joseph Fauria, the 6’7” TD-catching machine from UCLA. Zach Sudfeld is a similar player from Nevada. I wrote about Fauria because it seemed like he might have a quicker path to seeing the playing field. But apparently something is going on with New England’s Tight Ends? Who knew? In any case, since it now seems possible that the Patriots will have a need at TE, I thought I’d take a quick look at Zach Sudfeld.

Since I initially wrote about why I thought Fauria had great potential, let’s start by comparing Sudfeld and Fauria physically.

Player

Height

Weight

Bench

Vertical

Broad

40

3-Cone

20-Yard Shuttle

Sudfeld

6’7”

253

11

37.5”

113”

4.79

7.08

4.41

Fauria

6’7”

259

17

35.5”

120”

4.72

7.49

4.53

Gee, they’re kinda similar. A slight edge in strength and explosiveness to Fauria, and a slight edge in agility to Sudfeld, but basically they’re the same player, physically.

Here’s their college production, visualized by RotoViz’s College Receiving Similarity App.

Fauria comes out ahead in Red Zone TD Rate and Yards Per Target, and Market Share of TDs; Sudfeld has a better Market Share of Total Yards. Again, both are pretty comparable.

Here’s a different look at their college production. Sudfeld comes out a bit ahead on most per-game measures, but Fauria’s Bruins played a tougher schedule.

Player

Games

Rec

Yards

Ave

TD

TD/G

Rec/G

Yards/G

Sudfeld

13

45

598

13.29

8

.62

3.5

46

Fauria

14

45

620

13.78

12

.86

3.2

44.3

Opportunity

A month ago, I didn’t really see much opportunity for Sudfeld. But with Gronk recovering from multiple surgeries, and doubt about Hernandez’s availability, I think Sudfeld has a chance to make the Patriots roster.

To be sure, the Pats offense could go in a different direction. In fact, the other TEs on their roster almost require a different approach. Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, and Jake Ballard (missed a year with torn ACL; reportedly looks “stiff” in OTAs) are probably not the stuff of a dynamic passing attack. But if the Pats want a dynamic pass-catching TE, they might turn to Sudfeld. If I like Fauria with Stafford throwing the ball, I also like Sudfeld with Brady throwing the ball. As we recently wrote, there are targets available.

In Dynasty leagues, Sudfeld is worth a speculative add.

 

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