June 12, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots center Ryan Wendell (62) (right) and defensive end Alex Silvestro work out during mini camp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Cup of Gronk


On Monday morning, NCAA President Mark Emmert stopped just short of dropping the death penalty on the Penn State football program, and instead implemented what could be thought of as a “cut everything off and leave them alive” penalty instead.



The Patriots have sent out their season tickets this week, and as usual, it is a neat design. An action photo of an individual player is on the front of each season ticket, and behind the photo is a reflection of that action shot.



CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has had a hair transplant and will appear in ads for the Rhode Island doctor who performed it.



New England Patriots [team stats] All-Pro wide receiver Wes Welker, who underwent a hair restoration procedure last month at Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, will appear later this year in television, radio and print ads with Dr. Robert Leonard to talk about his experience and to raise awareness about hair loss..



The Patriots announced Kyle Love has signed his tender as an exclusive rights free agent, which is worth $540,000 in 2012. Love and the team are still hung up in negotiations for a two-year deal that would run through 2013.



After finishing last year with the AFC’s worst defense, it should come as no surprise that the three positional groupings with the most question marks on the New England Patriots roster come on the defensive side of the ball.



This offseason, the Pats put an emphasis on upgrading each tier of the receiving depth chart, adding Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney [stats] and Donte Stallworth, and retaining Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Matthew Slater. This way, if anything goes awry due to injury or a drop in expected performance, Tom Brady [stats] will have enough weapons at his disposal to keep the machine in order.



The four-time Pro Bowl lineman can be removed from the list at any time. He underwent surgery in February to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, and reports had varied on whether Mankins would be able to return for the start of training camp.

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