January 1, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) prepares to spike the ball after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Cup of Gronk

The Patriots are a complete offensive team that owners have little to complain about regardless of where they are looking for help. They have an elite quarterback, tight ends, receivers, and may possess the 2012 breakout running back of the NFL.

So we’ll watch closely this week to see if the Patriots and receiver Wes Welker can find a middle ground in contract talks. The deadline for franchise-tag players to sign an extension this season is July 16. If the Patriots and Welker don’t reach an agreement by then, Welker will play this season on the $9.5 million franchise tag, per league rules. The sides could only revisit an extension after the season.

Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio says New England was one of 21 teams present at supplemental draft prospect Josh Gordon’s Pro Day workout in Houston.

The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints announced on Tuesday that they will hold joint practices on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 before they play their preseason game on Aug. 9 at Gillette Stadium (ESPN Boston). Times for the practices have not been announced. However, the Aug. 8 practice is listed as a walkthrough on the Saints’ website.

Gronkowski, who grew up in nearby Williamsville, N.Y., won the event with 12 total homers — the fences were brought in for the celebs — including a legit major-league jack over the fence in left field. He held off Bills CEO Russ Brandon — who played high school ball locally and is a member of St. John Fisher’s hall of fame — for the title. Bills running back Fred Jackson, Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta and Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly were among the other participants.

The two teams will practice together Aug. 7-8 at Gillette Stadium before they meet up for their preseason game Aug. 9. Last month, Pats coach Bill Belichick and Saints interim coach Joe Vitt acknowledged they were discussing the possibility of joint sessions. According to Vitt, Belichick started the conversation by sending a fax to Saints headquarters.

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