The duo have been among the top-rated tight ends in the league since both being drafted in 2010.
The New Orleans Saints player told reporters: "I don't know how we really match skills because we're obviously two different offenses and two different defenses, but I am happy for him if he's out there.
"I'll be excited. I know how it feels to want to be out there and help your team. That's hard on any player and you never wish for a player not to be playing. If he's out there playing, I'll be very happy for him.
"I've met him a couple times. He's a good guy. We've talked quite a bit. He's a fierce competitor and hopefully he'll be there Sunday."
The Patriots face the Saints this Sunday.