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New England Patriots Rundown: Rob Gronkowski and Haloti Ngata

1. The reactions about New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s night in Las Vegas in which he landed on his broken arm have mostly been critical from the Boston media. Bill Reynolds of the Providence Journal may have presented the strictest view on Gronkowski yet with his column, and most fans disagree with the media’s critical view of Gronk. From an overall writing perspective, Reynolds’s piece is excellent and deserves a read if you agree with his side of it or just want to see what he has to say.

My view on Gronk is in line with most of the Pats fans, and that’s the fact that Gronk should be cut some slack. You can read it here .

2. Speaking of Gronkowski, he made headlines again for an off-the-field reason when offered to match his $3.75 million base salary to do a shoot with Bibi Jones, who got back into the adult film industry after briefly retiring. As usual, Masshole Sports offers up a great take on the incident, and I completely agree with what is said in the piece that you can read by following this link.

3. Baltimore Ravens star defensive tackle Haloti Ngata suffered a left knee injury during the third quarter of the Super Bowl and did not return after being listed doubtful to re-enter the game. According to top Baltimore Sun beat writer and NFL Insider Aaron Wilson, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that Ngata “will be ready for training camp”, and it sounds like nobody thinks Ngata’s injury is serious. That was the common feeling during the day after the injury, as Ngata stated that he was feeling better and Harbaugh reflected the thought that Ngata is fine. We’ll see what his MRI results hold, but there’s almost certainly nothing serious about the knee injury. That’s great news for the Ravens and for Ngata, as well as for most football fans in general.

4. I always love to take a look at the scouting reports published by NE Patriots Draft, because they are some of the best on the web. Heck, they are the best. Today’s scouting report was on Florida Gators disruptive defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who is an explosive presence on the interior of the defensive line and is on the Patriots 2013 NFL Draft radar. The site is very high on Floyd, and it’s easy to see why given their detailed look at his game and the high praise they have lauded onto him. Do you see Floyd being a legitimate option for the Patriots in the draft? There is a need for an interior pass rusher, but I still think Tavon Austin and Matt Elam are the top two guys for the Pats to take in this year’s draft.

5. Mike Reiss was able to get an interview done with New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory while Gregory was in Worcester  at the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center. It’s a heart-warming story, and makes me feel bad about criticizing Gregory’s coverage skills. He’s a solid third safety with special teams ability, but his main assets to the team are leadership and character as we can tell from his actions and the quotes in Reiss’s piece on ESPN Boston. Gregory’s role as a backup safety will be even more important this year with Patrick Chung most likely out via free agency, and the fact that we could be seeing a rookie safety (like Elam) starting in Foxborough next season.

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  • Doug Tozier

    I would prefer to see the Pats go after a tall receiver like Brandon Kaufman out of E. Washington. We need a matchup nightmare, not another underneath guy. Even if Welker walks, we have several guys like that already available in Edelman, Branch, Slater, possibly Stallworth, Ebert, and even White. That’s pretty good depth IMO.

    • Joe Soriano

      Stallworth should be re-signed, because he is a legitimate deep threat and would bring something else to the table for the Pats. Ebert is an intriguing future slot receiver, and I want to see how he develops. The only two players you listed who are similar to Welker are Edelman and Ebert, and even then only Edelman is a legitimate option. I do agree with your greater point though (and that’s the important part), that the Pats need a receiver who can stretch the field. I think Tavon Austin is the guy to pick if Welker walks, though, because he is such a great playmaker and reminds me of Percy Harvin moreso than a guy like Edelman.

      • unclealfie

        Legitimate deep threat? LOL! That’s why he’s been out of football for several years, huh?

        • Joe Soriano

          That’s why Bill Belichick repeatedly praised him in training camp, and if you followed training camp you knew that all the other players and the coaches praised Stallworth’s speed and athleticism even at this age. That’s why Stallworth caught that 62-yarder for a TD against Houston, and that’s why he is a solid No. 4 receiver for the Pats as someone who can occasional stretch the field vertically. He provides value to this team.

          Out of football for several years? You do realize that he played in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He only missed the 2009 season in his career since 2002. Please get your facts straight before trying to bash me in the comments. I have no problem with getting called out, but just make sure you’re right first.

          • unclealfie

            Oh yes, he had one big play last year. His only one, as he was cut after that game.
            Yes, strictly speaking, he played in 2010 and 2011 for a total of 24 games. He started none. Since 2008 he’s been used only an emergency fill-in basis.
            Do you really believe that he could be “a solid No. 4 receiver for the Pats” or anyone else for that matter, or that some NFL team would not have picked him up over the past four years, if he could still play?
            Please get your facts straight before bashing me by trying to insinuate that he’s been a regular NFL player for these past three years or that he could be again.

          • Joe Soriano

            He was not cut, he was placed on the injured reserve after injuring his ankle on the play. I am not trying to bash you, so sorry if it came off that way; I was merely trying to defend myself.

            I am not saying that Stallworth is a regular player, he most definitely isn’t. What I am saying is that he can be a solid No. 4 receiver and utilized to stretch the field with his speed when the Patriots need it. He hasn’t been a regular player, but he can be a solid addition to the back part of the wide receiver corps.

            You know what team did pick him up? The Patriots. And I think he can still help this team out. By the way, playing in 24 games in two seasons is actually pretty good.

            And no worries man, I always appreciate civil disagreements haha. Thanks for the comments.

          • unclealfie

            I think we’re just looking at this issue from two different perspectives.
            After seeing you say it, I do remember that he wasn’t cut. And, yes, he did look like an all-pro on that long ball vs Houston.
            Are you saying that he’s under contract with the Pats now?

          • Joe Soriano

            I love different perspectives haha, and Stallworth is set to hit UFA, yes. Hope BB picks up him again tho, I bet he gets a camp invite.

          • unclealfie

            I believe he had a camp invite last year but didn’t make the 53 man roster. Maybe it was an injury. He’ll be 33 in November. As we see with Welker, that’s not a good place to be, if you’re a WR. Unless you have a team like the Pats, who’re desperate for WRs.Subject: [musketfire] Re: New England Patriots Rundown: Rob Gronkowski and Haloti Ngata