The Patriot Way: New England Patriots News, 4/22

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Q&A: Sherman, Gronk on NFL’s best QB, Tinder, the next cruise, more

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When jerky brand Oberto went looking for two NFL players to star in a new digital series rife with awkward, buddy-buddy comedy, it came back with rivals who seemingly share little in common.

One fella is a defensive ball hawk with a degree from Stanford. The other is, well, Gronk.

Alas, bromance works in mysterious ways, and in the campaign, Seattle Seahawks cornerRichard Sherman and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski are pretty damn funny together.

New England Patriots RB Donald Brown has learned the value of versatility in seven-year career

Kevin Duffy-Mass Live

Donald Brown began his NFL career playing alongside Peyton Manning, and seven years later he’ll have the chance to take handoffs and catch passes from Tom Brady.

And, of course, keep Brady off the ground. That’s kinda important.

“When you work with elite level quarterbacks you are going to throw the ball so you need to protect them,” said Brown, who has lined up in backfields with Manning, Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers. “In college it’s a lot different. They hand you the ball every time you’re on the field. Just having that past experience and the importance of pass protection, I mean it’s important. That’s my number one job, to keep the quarterback on his feet and keep him clean.”

Devin McCourty excited for continuity on New England Patriots defense

Kevin Duffy-Mass Live

A year ago, the Patriots’ secondary, and really its entire defense, was a massive question mark.

The team had lost Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in free agency, becoming the first defending Super Bowl champ to begin the following year without either of its two starting cornerbacks. The Pats also let Vince Wilfork loose, parting ways with the player that, as Devin McCourty once put it, “everybody followed.” In May, they’d end up cutting No. 3 cornerback Kyle Arrington, too.