Wiggy: Patriots rookie Devin Asiasi will have better year than Gronk

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By WEEI 93.7

 

Cam Newton fever has evidently not been limited to just the quarterback conversations.

The presence of the new QB has Jermaine Wiggins thinking previously unthinkable thoughts when it comes to other members of the Patriots. In particular, Wiggins believes Newton's existence as the new signal-caller will lead to big things for one Patriots rookie.

"Devin Asiasi will have a better year statistically — I would say receptions and yardage — than Rob Gronkowski," the former Patriots tight end proclaimed, clarifying that he did believe the Tampa Bay newcomer will have more touchdowns.

So, what are we talking about when it comes to the final numbers for the Patriots' third-round pick?

"I can see this kid ending the season with 80-plus catches," Wiggins said.

The idea that Asiasi will end up with better numbers than Gronkowski is based on Newton's previous tendency to lean on his tight ends, as was the case with former Panther Greg Olsen. Olsen finished two seasons with 80 or more catches while teaming up with the former NFL MVP.

Gronkowski, who has reunited with his longtime quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, also went over 80 catches twice, the last time coming in 2014 when he hauled in 82.

Asiasi finished with a career-high 44 catches and 641 yards last season with UCLA, going for multiple receptions in 11 of the Bruins' 12 games.

"It’s not that he has Greg Olson’s skills, but working with Cam and looking at his skill-set in the way they utilized him at UCLA where they lined him up all over the place, they split him out wide," Wiggins said. "You can maybe see some good matchup opportunities. And Cam knowing he’s going to come in — we already know Cam’s favorite receiver is the tight end — he could be getting this kid the football a lot."