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Robert Kraft Not Giving Up Hope of a Return for Former Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski

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An hour before Rob Gronkowski was set to make his analyst debut on FOX Sports, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the tight end might still return to the NFL, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.

Speaking with the NFL Network, Kraft said there’s still hope that Gronk might come out of his retirement due to the fact that he never filed his retirement paperwork.

We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn’t put his retirement papers in,” Kraft. “We can pray and hope. … I think that’s a good academic argument that there is hope with Gronk.”

That was an interesting tidbit from Kraft. On March 26, the Patriots placed Gronk on the NFL’s “reserve/retired” list after the tight end announced his retirement. It seems, however, that Gronkowski left the door open for a return.

Video: Patriots Finally Pull Away in 35-14 Win Over Giants to Move to 6-0

The Giants hung in for awhile against the undefeated Patriots, but in the end it was too much Tom Brady and the Pats D as they move to 6-0 with a 35-14 win over the G-Men.

Giants vs Patriots: Three Keys to a New England Thursday Victory

Not many are giving the New York Giants to come into Foxboro on Thursday night and take down the mighty undefeated New England Patriots, and very much for good reason.

Missing from the Giants attack include a number of key offensive pieces, including their new top running backs Saquon Barkley (Ankle) and Wayne Gallman (Concussion), wide out Sterling Shepard (Concussion), and leading tight end Evan Engram (Knee).

Plus the Giants will have rookie Daniel Jones under center, a player who has shown promise but will have mountains to climb to beat the 17-point favorite Pats.

So what do that Pats have to do to make sure not to lay a home egg tonight and get to 6-0? Here’s a couple quick keys.

1. Play Smart

The way that you lose games when you are heavy favorites is pretty simple, make silly mistakes like turnovers and penalties.

You beat bad teams by getting them down early, and then keeping your foot on the throat and not giving them confidence.

The Pats are usually very good in this area, and do have room for error, but can’t be complacent against a nothing to lose Giants team.

2. Pressure Jones

Daniel Jones is a young QB who has shown signs of promise, but in what’s going to be his most pressure filled start of his career, he’s going to be hard-pressed to make plays without his best playmakers.

The Pats D-line should be able to get into the backfield early and often on Jones, and if the team can get Jones down a few times, it’ll make it that much easier to walk off with an easy win on a night they have no reason not to lose.

3. Establish the Run

Sony Michel last week was able to get off against the Redskins for a solid game, and the same thing should be the case tonight against the Giants.

The Pats O-line, which was a question mark entering the season, has held up well, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Michel possibly go over 100 yards in this one and it also will keep the Pats D fresh and off the field.

Former Patriots WR Antonio Brown Speaking Out; Says He’d Come Back to New England

Antonio Brown has been pretty quiet about his absence from the NFL after being released from the Patriots – almost too quiet.

The outspoken wide out is finally chatting again on social media, as CBS Sports wrote that Brown is talking about how he’s the best receiver in the game, and also how he’d gladly come back to New England.

During an Instagram Live video on Wednesday where he referred to himself as the “best receiver” in football, Brown implored his 3.7 million followers to get in touch with the Patriots and then convince the team to sign the free agent receiver.

“If you guys follow the Patriots, tell them to call me,” Brown said. “They still gotta pay me, so might as well let me earn it.”

Although Brown’s plan sounds simple, there are quite a few obstacles standing in the way before he would be able to return to the NFL, let alone the Patriots. For one, he still has a sexual assault lawsuit hanging over his head. In the lawsuit, Brown is accused of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance, Britney Taylor, on three separate occasions between June 2017 and May 2018.

Although Brown’s legal team has admitted that the two had a sexual relationship, his camp maintains that everything was consensual between Brown and Taylor.

Don’t count on the Pats, who are undefeated going into Thursday’s game against the New York Giants, to take up Brown’s offer to return to the team anytime soon.

Patriots Move to 3-0; Beat Up Jets 30-14 in Rather Easy Fashion

The Pats were expected to be in a cakewalk on Sunday against the Jets, and for the most part they were able to do what they wanted against New York, waltzing to a 16-point win to move to 3-0.

Here’s some video highlights of the 30-14 win over the Jets:

Patriots Release Wide Out Antonio Brown Following Latest Round of Sexual Assault Allegations

One game.

That’s it for the Patriots and wide out Antonio Brown, who was released on Friday by the Patriots amid allegations of sexual assault.

“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown,” the team said in a statement.

“We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

The former Steelers and Raiders receiver lasted one memorable game with New England, catching a touchdown in their beat down last Sunday over the Miami Dolphins.

All in all, Brown was with the team for just 11 days. He was signed by New England the same day he was released on September 7th by the Raiders.

New England inked him to a one-year deal that included a $9 million signing bonus. No one expected Brown to last just one game, but the team felt with the latest allegations they really had no choice but to release him.

“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots,” Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted following the release.

“But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon.”

Playing for another team may not come easy for Brown, as the NFL is looking into the latest round of allegations and some feel it’s a matter of time before a suspension of Brown happens.

Thursday night a female artist, who was hired to paint a mural in Brown’s Pittsburgh home in 2017, came forward to Sports Illustrated with accusations regarding the wide receiver making past unwanted advances toward her.

In text messages presented to S.I., Brown questioned the accuser’s allegations and encouraged those in the group text chain to investigate her.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on the situation with Brown Friday.

“I know there are questions about Antonio [Brown],” Belichick said. “We take all the situations with our team very seriously. There are some things we’re looking into. But I’m not going to have any comment on the off-the-field situations or questions on that.”

Video: Antonio Brown Pulls in First Touchdown as a Patriot During Game with Miami

Antonio Brown has been all over the place in the first half of the Patriots game with the Dolphins down in Miami.

Thus far he’s got four catches, a rush attempt, and caught his first TD as a member of New England from Tom Brady to give the Pats a 14-0 lead.

Here’s the clip of the nifty Brown TD.

Patriots at Dolphins NFL Week Two Inactives

Here are the inactives for the Patriots and Dolphins in their AFC Week Two battle.

Patriots

RB Brandon Bolden
OT Marcus Cannon
OG Jermaine Eluemunor
RB Damien Harris
WR Jakobi Meyers
CB Joejuan Williams
DE Deatrich Wise

Dolphins

RB Myles Gaskin
DE Trent Harris
S Reshad Jones
OT Isaiah Prince
OG Chris Reed
WR Albert Wilson
OG Bryan Witzmann