Aaron Hernandez had two potentially key drops in overtime on Sunday against Baltimore, two drops on two first-down passes that eventually lead to two punts. The Patriots didn't drive for their game-winning field goal until their third possession.
But Hernandez, who caught four passes for 61 yards in regulation and took an end-around for an 18-yard gain, still has the confidence of the coaching staff.
"He's come in and done some really good things," Patriots play-caller Bill O'Brien said. "He's got a long way to go, just like any rookie. There's things we're trying to get him to improve on every week, whether it's in the running game or in the passing game. But he's obviously come in and, to this point, done pretty well for a rookie. It's what we thought when we drafted him. We thought we were getting an athletic guy that could run and had some toughness. He's got to continue to focus on the game, focus on the game plan, and he'll get better every week."