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AFC East Podcast: Preseason Week 2

The New England Patriots are still the cream of the crop in the AFC East. The loss in week two of the preseason to the Houston Texans.

Running back Rex Burkhead played well. He had 7 carries for 20 yards and 3 catches for 50 yards. D.J. Foster also made his presence felt. He was everywhere. Foster could be the best all-purpose player in the AFC East. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski made two extra points and three field goals. This is a big deal seeing as how some teams can’t find a kicker that’s consistent.

On the defensive side, Justin Coleman had a great game. He only allowed one catch while being target six times. Malcolm Butler had a rough week. He gave up a 37-yard touchdown to Bruch Ellington. The Patriots defense isn’t fully polished just yet. But they’ll surely get there. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will figure things out.

The Patriots are definitely winning the AFC East at this point. No other team will be a true challenge.

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AFC East Podcast Ep. 1 Preseason Week 1

The AFC East as a whole had a very middle of the road week in the preseason. The New England Patriots didn’t play well on defense. A few players were exposed which led to a close loss. We’re sure the team will figure things out on that side of the ball. The offense fared well in the hands of their backup Jimmy Garapolo. This team has what it takes to win the AFC East once again.

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Patriots RB Mike Gillislee Dealing With Hamstring Injury

One of the new Patriots running backs is dealing with a hamstring injury, as Mike Gillislee has been working on the side at recent practices according to PFT.

Running back Mike Gillislee has been working on the side at recent Patriots practices and it seems the reason is his hamstring.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Gillislee is dealing with a hamstring injury and that he was hindered by a similar issue during OTAs this spring.

That lack of recent activity may have contributed to the team listing Gillislee with the third string on the depth chart they unveiled on Wednesday. James White and Dion Lewis are both listed with the first team while Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden are with the second team.

Former Patriots NT Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement

Vince Wilfork is retiring from the NFL, and he made the announcement in a method befitting the 300-plus-pound nose tackle, ESPN reports.

Wilfork declared the end of his career in a tweet that also served as an advertisement for Kingsford Charcoal, saying he would hold a “farewell tailgate” before the New England Patriots open the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7 at Gillette Stadium.

Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, played the past two seasons for the Houston Texans after playing his first 11 seasons with the Patriots.

Patriots QB Tom Brady on Concussions: “I Really Don’t Think That’s Anybody’s Business”

Tom Brady didn’t deny that he suffered a concussion last season, Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.

Talking to the media for the first time since the day after the Super Bowl, the Patriots quarterback was asked Friday about what his wife, Gisele, said in a TV interview back in May that Brady had suffered a concussion. He was asked point blank if that was accurate.

“You know, I don’t … I don’t want to get into things that happened in my past,” Brady said. “Certainly, medical history and so forth. I really don’t think that’s anybody’s business. What happened last year, I’m focused on this year and improving and working on things I need to get better at. That’s how I approach everything. I’m not sitting there worrying about last year or five years ago. There’s other people who do worry about that, my wife or my parents, my sister, people that love me and care about me, but I do the best that I can do to come out and be prepared to play mentally and physically and I give the game everything I can.”

Brady was never listed on the injury report for a concussion or any head injury last season, which is a contrast to what his wife said in that interview.

“As a wife, I’m a little bit — it’s not the most, let’s say, unaggressive sport,” Gisele said on CBS. “Football — he had a concussion last year. I mean, he has concussions pretty much every — I mean, we don’t talk about them. But he has concussions.”

Video: Rob Gronkowski Says He’s Devoted ‘At All Levels’ – Do You Buy It?

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Rob Gronkowski wants to devote himself ‘at all levels’ and has decided to work out with Alex Guerrero at TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Tom Curran believes this is the best choice for him if he want to keep playing.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Won’t Be Limited According to Bill Belichick

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose 2016 season was cut short due to a back injury that required surgery, has a clean bill of health for the start of training camp, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“He doesn’t have limits that I know of,” coach Bill Belichick said Thursday when asked if the next challenge for Gronkowski is to absorb full contact.

Asked what he has noticed from Gronkowski’s approach returning from his back injury, Belichick added, “That was all pretty much over with by the start of the offseason program [in the spring].”

Gronkowski had been a full participant in spring practices, and said at the time that he was 100 percent. But those practices aren’t held in full pads. The Patriots’ first full-pads practice is expected to be Saturday.

5 Gift Ideas For A Die-Hard Patriots Fan

For birthdays and Christmas, it’s best to start thinking early about what to get your favorite Patriots fans. You don’t just want to get them a present they would love, but one that let’s them show their love for our team, or something to help them enjoy those big games even more.

Start by assessing the personality of the person that you want to buy a present. You know he loves the Patriots, but does he want to display it to the world? What other things does he like? Does he have distinct hobbies? Once you assess his personality, begin composing a list of possible gifts.

If you need some ideas, we can help:

Patriots Merchandise

The most obvious gift to get a Patriots fan is some merchandise. You can find Patriots gear on the team’s official website. The gear includes jerseys, jackets, cups, calendars, and etc. The key is to find out what Patriots gear matches your friend’s skill, or how to combine it with his hobbies.

For example, if your friend likes to collect hats of his favorite teams, then buy him a Patriots hat.

Grilling Gear

Most likely, your friend is going to watch the game around the grill from time to time. Therefore, in general, buying grill related gifts is always a great buy for a Patriots or football fan. Find premium grilling tools at your local department or super stores. As of 2017, at Target, you can find a 21 piece stainless steel set of grilling tools for less than $40. Department and super stores make it easy to frequently find similar deals to the Target grill set one.

Sears, Target, Home Depot, Amazon, and Williams-Sonoma have a wide selection of grilling utensils. Find premium grills on these sites as well. For a cheeky touch, give him a Patriots cooking apron to wear as he barbecues.

Additional grill gift ideas could include a barbecue cookbook or a year subscription to a premium meat club.

Membership to the Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame lets you look through the history of all the great NFL moments. It lets you revel in the great football heroes that defined the sport. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who truly loves and appreciates football.

The museum hosts occasional events: buy your friend tickets to these events, or a general membership package. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has five levels of membership. They are: Kid’s Club, Bronze, Gold, Diamond, and Corporate memberships.

The Bronze, Gold, and Diamond are the ones that you want to focus on for your friend. The Bronze is the cheapest option only costing $55 a year. Some of the major amenities with it are free admission into the museum for a year, 10 percent off merchandise purchases, and a Hall of Fame Yearbook.

The Gold membership costs $160 a year, and includes free museum visits for two adults and two children under 12, express admission line during Hall of Fame week, and free museum parking. The Diamond membership costs $250 a year. It includes free admission for two adults and two guests, 15 percent off merchandise, and pre-sale access to special museum events.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, OH.

Premium Snacks and Beer

You can’t watch a game without beer and snacks. Those grocery store goodies are fine for a casual Sunday, Patriots game viewing party. However, put a little more effort into buying a birthday gift. There are a lot of places to find premium beer online and in stores, so you have a lot of options. However, when trying new beer, use a site like Rate Beer to find the best selection for your buck.

One of our favorite places to shop for premium treat baskets is Shari’s Berries. The store carries gourmet chocolates and chocolate covered fruits. This makes a basket at Shari’s Berries ideal for that someone with a huge sweet tooth. Save on these baskets by using Shari’s Berries Groupon codes.

Tickets to a Game

Of course the most obvious gift to get your favorite Patriots fan is tickets to a game. Single ticket prices vary. If you want to really be your friend’s hero, get him season passes.