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Patriots Pick Up Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry with Pick 32 in the NFL Draft

The Patriots added a big target for Tom Brady at the end of round one of the 2019 NFL Draft, snagging Arizona State wide out N’Keal Harry with the 32nd pick of the draft.

Harry at 6’2, 228 pounds is a big target with good body control, and he consistently rewards his quarterback for throwing him 50-50 balls.

He doesn’t have an elite second gear, but his size-speed combination and ball skills make him a threat in the vertical passing game.

He flashes the ability to make the first defender miss and is an above-average threat after the catch for a player his size.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon Signs RFA Tender

Josh Gordon’s future in the NFL remains uncertain, but if he’s playing in 2019 it’ll be as a member of the Patriots, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.

The talented receiver signed his restricted free-agent tender, according to the league transaction wire.

Gordon, who remains indefinitely suspended by the league, will earn $2.025 million on the one-year deal.

The 28-year-old Gordon emerged as a difference-maker with the Patriots a year ago, destroying defenses after the catch. He became the first New England receiver to average 18 yards per catch since David Patten in 2004. Gordon’s season was cut short in late December when he was suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy.

The NFL has not yet announced if Gordon’s suspension will carry over into the 2019 season.

Check out the Complete 2019 New England Patriots Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Patriots fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Patriots slate!

Sept. 8 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20
Sept. 15 at Miami Dolphins 1:00
Sept. 22 New York Jets 1:00
Sept. 29 at Buffalo Bills 1:00
Oct. 6 at Washington Redskins 1:00
Oct. 10 New York Giants (Thu) 8:20
Oct. 21 at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15
Oct. 27 Cleveland Browns 4:25
Nov. 3 at Baltimore Ravens* 8:20
Nov. 17 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25
Nov. 24 Dallas Cowboys 4:25
Dec. 1 at Houston Texans* 8:20
Dec. 8 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25
Dec. 15 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00
Dec. 21 or 22 Buffalo Bills TBD
Dec. 29 Miami Dolphins 1:00

Tom Brady and Michael Bennett Both Skip the First Day of Pats Workouts

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and veteran defensive end Michael Bennett were not among those in attendance for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason program on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Brady did not take part in last year’s workouts, and the expectation was that this would become his regular routine in an effort to spend time with his family.

Bennett has almost always trained away from his team during the offseason, making his offseason home in Hawaii.

Calling it a Career: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Announces Retirement on Instagram

A weapon who might go down as the greatest tight end of all-time, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is saying ‘so long’ after nine memorable NFL seasons.

Sunday afternoon Gronkowski, owner of three Super Bowl rings, announced on his Instagram account that he is retiring, wrapping up a career that eventually will reward him with a lifelike bust of himself in Canton, Ohio at the Hall of Fame.

“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote on his Instagram. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”

“Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be,” the 29-year-old added. “But now its [sic] time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for [the] rest of my life.”

Gronk’s 79 receiving touchdowns ranks third all-time at the position, and he was also named to the Pro Bowl five times and first-team All-Pro on four occasions.

Over the course of his nine seasons, Gronkowski caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 scores, and he also scored a touchdown rushing.

Overall his 80 TD’s puts him at 62nd place all-time, and he also scored 12 playoff touchdowns, which is second only to Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.

As one would expect after a stunning announcement, Tom Brady, his QB for all nine years of his NFL life, commented on Gronk’s Instagram post about the decision.

“Love you man!!” Brady stated. “The [goat emoji]!! Couldn’t be a better person or teammate!!!!”

Injuries likely had a lot to do with the decision to end his career at age 29, as Gronkowski played in just 31 games the last three seasons, and over the nine years of his career only played in 16 regular season games twice, his first two years of his career.

In the Super Bowl win over the Rams, Gronk caught six passes for 87 yards to go out on top as a champion.

Bill Belichick Keeping a Close Eye on the Bulldog Prospects at the Georgia Pro Day

Pro Day is always a huge day for coaches, general managers and scouts to go see what players they may want to take a chance on in the upcoming NFL Draft.

This year is no different, and today is chock full of Pro Day’s around the country, with Baylor, Boston College, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and USC all hosting those powerful people that make important decisions.

That leaves one big question, one that if you had a bonus from bethard you could probably place some money on – where is Patriots coach Bill Belichick today?

The legendary and future Hall of Fame coach is in Georgia, watching the Bulldogs Pro Day, this after he spent Tuesday down South (likely enjoying the much nicer weather), attending Alabama’s pro day.

Belichick will have quite a few option at top possible NFL players that the Pats could have an interest in while watching the Bulldogs.

Among those on the list include the following wide out Riley Ridley, wide receiver Terry Godwin, running back Elijah Holyfield, cornerback Deandre Baker and defensive end D’Andre Walker.

Ridley is a solid prospect who the Pats could use at the wide receiver spot, running a 4.58 at the combine, and he led the Bulldogs with 44 receptions for 570 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018, starting 12 of 14 games played.

Godwin is another interesting prospect at the wide receiver spot, as he caught 38 passes in both 2016 and ’17, but struggled last year as he had just 22 catches.

He still showed enough potential to earn a Shrine Game invite, and as the game’s offensive MVP and arguably the best performer regardless of position in the week of practices.

Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, has outstanding vision behind the line of scrimmage and a great feel for where space is going to develop.

He also knows how to push his path both vertically and horizontally to put defenders where he wants them. Especially adept at pressing line of scrimmage to draw in force players, then bounce outside of them. Can he be a fit for the Pats, it sounds like it.

The cornerback on the list is Deandre Baker, and his game has gotten better each season for the Bulldogs, and surely he will have a lot of eyes on him today. He had a senior season that saw him earn first-team Associated Press All-American honors and win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back.

He was a first-team All-SEC pick, starting 13 games and recording 40 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high 10 pass breakups. Keep an eye on him and if he slips far enough, the Pats will have their eyes on him.

Walker was a backup for the Bulldogs in his first three years, but played well and made plays just about every time he took the field.

In 2017 as a Junior, he ranked second on the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks (among 40 stops) as a key reserve in all 15 games.

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Accused of Soliciting sex in Florida, Police Say

TMZ has the latest on the breaking story on Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the prostitution, human trafficking sting operation in Florida that broke early today.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a wanted man — cops say they’ve issued a warrant for his arrest as part of a recent prostitution, human trafficking sting operation in Jupiter, Florida.

Cops say 77-year-old Kraft will be charged with 2 counts of “soliciting another to commit prostitution,” according to Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr.

Chief Kerr says he was “stunned as everybody else” when he saw Kraft’s name as a suspect.

Officials say Kraft is accused of soliciting a prostitute on at least 2 separate occasions at a massage parlor in Florida roughly “a month ago.”

Cops say the name of the establishment that Kraft visited is Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Cops say they have obtained evidence from body cam video and surveillance that has been conducted over the last several months.

Officials say Kraft was driven to the spa by a chauffeur … and say they have video of the Pats owner “that shows the act that took place” with him inside of the spa.

The average cost per visit for services was $59 for half an hour and $79 per hour, according to police.

As for the next steps, officials say the State’s Attorney has the warrant and it will be sent to Kraft’s home in Massachusetts.

Kraft has been charged with a misdemeanor and will have to appear in court.

So far, no official comment from either Kraft or the New England Patriots. We’ve also reached out to the NFL, as he will likely face discipline from the league.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the operation — including Homeland Security, the IRS, the Jupiter P.D., Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and more.

Officials say the women accused of running the sex trafficking ring operated out of local spas which touted themselves as massage parlors.

The investigation took roughly 8 months and officials say they’ve identified more than 100 men suspected of being “Johns.”

Robert Kraft bought the Patriots in January 1994 — and has led the team to 6 Super Bowl championships and 10 AFC championships.

Kraft is also the owner of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution — which has been to the MLS Cup Finals in 5 different seasons.

Kraft was married to Myra Kraft from 1963 to her death in 2011. He dated Ricki Noel Lander since 2012. Ricki has a child but she says Kraft is not the biological father.

Kraft is reportedly worth more than $6 BILLION according to Forbes, a fortune that stems from a paper-manufacturing conglomerate, which includes the Rand-Whitney Group.

Rob Gronkowski Still Unsure if He Will Be Back for the 2019 Season

There has been a great deal of speculation on the future of Patriots tight end Robert Gronkowski. He said after the Super Bowl he would take a week or two to decide whether to retire.

Gronkowski appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” on Wednesday. In the interview, he did not shed any light on speculation that he will retire from playing football before next season, Kristin LaFratta of Masslive reports.

“Right after the season, you can’t make a decision. It’s so emotional, a big win like that,” Gronkowski said. “You gotta settle down, you gotta see how your body responds.”