Garcia has an early feel for Scarnecchia: 'Intense...very intense'

Garcia has an early feel for Scarnecchia: 'Intense...very intense'

FOXBORO -- There's no identity crisis. He's Tony now, but he's always been Tony.

Yet Tony Garcia, the rookie offensive tackle the Patriots selected in the fourth round out of Troy, was announced by Matthew Slater at the draft podium in Philadelphia as "An-to-ni-o Gar-ci-a."

At the NFL Scouting Combine and the Senior Bowl, it was the same thing. He was known as Antonio.

That's his given name. It's how he was listed on his college roster. But it's not what his teammates and coaches have called him all his life.

To them he's Tony.

"Tony is just a childhood name," he said. "I've always been called that. I don't know why I've been listed as Antonio."

The reason for the switch? When he arrived in Foxboro, they asked him how he wanted to be listed. At Troy, they didn't.

So Tony it is, although he'll probably answer to whatever offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia calls him these days.

After Garcia was drafted, he quickly jumped on a conference call with Patriots reporters and was asked what he knew about Scarnecchia.

"Um, not much," was his brief reply. 

"You will," cracked a reporter on the other end.

Since then, after rookie minicamp and a few weeks of organized team activities, Garcia's gotten to know his new boss fairly well.

"Great coach," he said of Scarnecchia with a smile. "Intense. Very intense. He gets the job done. He really knows his stuff."

Garcia acknowledged he has solid examples to look up to in Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon, who've served as the examples of what to do and how to work over the course of the last month or so. 

"They've been good role models," Garcia said. "They set the example here. They do everything right, know the playbook forwards and backwards . . ."

"I'm just trying to earn my place, day by day."

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.