Morning Cup of Gronk

June 12, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New england Patriots wide receiver Jesse Holley (16) takes questions from reporters after mini camp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

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Wide receiver Jeremy Ebert was among five Patriots rookies to fail physicals upon reporting to the team on Thursday, a source confirmed.



Wes Welker took a leap of faith when he signed his franchise tag tender in May. On Monday, the deadline for franchised players to sign a deal for more than their one-year franchise figure, his leap landed with a splat and without a lucrative long-term contract, his show of good faith and in his faith in the Patriots going unrewarded.


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Another professional TE desired. Given the importance of the position in the team’s attack, having two layers of the depth chart with professional experience is ideal. It also spreads out the training camp workload, as Rob Gronkowski (ankle) and Daniel Fells (leg) work their way back into the mix. The Patriots previously signed veteran Bo Scaife, but aborted that quickly. Now Shiancoe could be next. Tight ends are often hard to find, and he’s arguably the best out there. If he’s willing to come, instead of waiting on a camp injury where there might be more of a clear-cut opportunity, it’s a no-brainer from this perspective.



NEW ORLEANS – Former New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots [team stats] cornerback Randall Gay is among the plaintiffs in a newly filed lawsuit accusing the NFL of failing to protect players from concussion risks.



Meet the new offensive coordinator, same as the old offensive coordinator.

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