A lot was expected from Patriots rookie tight end Devin Asiasi going into the year as he had a strong training camp and that came after he had a few private workout sessions with Cam Newton this offseason.
But through five games, Asiasi does not have a single target despite playing 81 snaps on the year.
Speaking via video conference Thursday, Newton offered some praise for the rookie and said it's not all about the stats.
“Acai Bowl! He’s a young player that’s getting it, and hopefully we get an opportunity; or you guys, or everybody sees his growth and maturation over these last couple days and weeks, and he gets involved in the game-plan," he said. "I even told him, just like I tell all the receivers and skill-position players – let’s not get into that habit of thinking you only can be productive because of how many catches you get. I think that’s the immature way of thinking. Production comes when you’re asked to do something, how do you fare up against what your assignment was.
"He’s a guy who is getting coached hard each and every day, and he knows what the standard is. Obviously the guy who was here prior to him knows exactly what they are expecting from that position. And I do believe, I have full faith in not only Devin, but everybody that’s in that room so when their number is called, I don’t blink. Just give them the opportunity when it’s given.”
The Patriots need more out of the tight end position as Asiasi is a major part of that.