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Bennett on Twitter: 'They still sleeping on me'

Bennett on Twitter: 'They still sleeping on me'

Martellus Bennett can be particularly blunt when it comes to certain topics -- think NASA, or bacon -- but on Friday he got cryptic with one of his tweets. 

When Pro Football Focus' fantasy-specific account tweeted a stat recognizing Bennett as the top tight end in the league when it came to catch-percentage in 2016 (he secured 83 percent of the targets thrown his way), he responded by tweeting, "They still sleeping on me tho."

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Who's the "they" in question? Hard to say. It could be Pro Football Focus, which has garnered its share of criticism and coaches alike over the years for the way it grades. It could be the fantasy community at large. Maybe it's the league at large that is currently gauging his value as he prepares to hit free-agency.

Bennett just played a crucial role in the Patriots completing the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. He played 86 of 99 snaps against the Falcons and was the target of the pass that placed the Patriots on the two-yard line in overtime, setting them up for James White's game-winning score. 

Bennett played in 78.4 percent of the snaps this season for the Patriots and was leaned upon late with Rob Gronkowski out for the year. Despite dealing with ankle, shoulder and knee injuries during the season, Bennett finished fourth in the league among tight ends who played at least 75 percent of their team's snaps when it came to yards per catch, and he was second in that group in yards after the catch per reception. He was tied with Minnesota's Kyle Rudoph for touchdowns with seven, and he had more missed tackles than anyone else from that group aside from Kansas City's Travis Kelce.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder will turn 30 years old in March and will be an unrestricted free agent.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signed a three-year, $22.5 million extension with $12 million guaranteed and an average annual value of $7.5 million during the 2015 offseason, just before his 30th birthday. Given his similarities to Bennett in age and durability -- Olsen has missed just two games in his career, while Bennett has missed only nine -- that could be the kind of deal Bennett is considering this offseason.

Rob Gronkowski: I met with Bill Belichick to tell him I'm in for 2018

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Rob Gronkowski: I met with Bill Belichick to tell him I'm in for 2018

Rob Gronkowski is just days removed from one of the strangest press conferences in the history of Gillette Stadium. First he said he wasn't sure if he was playing for the Patriots in 2018, then he said he wasn't sure when he would decide, then he said he'd be a "freek-a-leek" when he comes back . . .

On Tuesday he washed away any uncertainty about his future with one Instagram post. 

"I met with coach today," he wrote, "and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run."

Staying consistent with his social-media posts from this offseason, Gronkowski finished off the caption with "#bandsamakeherdance."

During Gronkowski's Monster Energy appearance on Saturday, he said he did not plan to attend optional Patriots workouts. It remains to be seen as to whether or not Bill Belichick, during their meeting, encouraged him to be present for those moving forward this offseason. 

Even if Gronkowski doesn't work out at Gillette with his teammates before mandatory minicamp, it seems as though if there was any friction between the tight end and the coach, that has been smoothed over to the point that Gronkowski is comortable announcing publicly that he'll be in New England for next season. 

More to come . . .

Gronk -- the horse -- will not run in the Kentucky Derby

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Gronk -- the horse -- will not run in the Kentucky Derby

There was more breaking Patriots news this afternoon.

This time it was related to Gronkowski, and a health scare.

But it wasn't the Gronkowski that plays for the New England Patriots.

So it is unfortunately confirmed that Rob Gronkowski's horse will not be competing in the Kentucky Derby.

The 3-year-old colt named after Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had a “minor setback,’’ according to trainer Jeremy Noseda when he spoke to The Racing Post.

Gronkowski was unbeaten in starts, earning his place in the Kentucky Derby field.

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