A feature film with Rob Gronkowski (that wasn't recorded by a cellphone on a cruise ship or a duck boat) opened Friday. And despite having just one line, he's front and center on the poster for "You Can't Have It" - a tale of a final night at a dive bar that doesn't promise to be part of another Best Picture mixup at next year's Oscars.
It's been a busy offseason of movies for Gronkowski as he recovers from back surgery that ended his season well before the Pats' Super Bowl run. He was also in "American Violence", which opened in February.
In an audio recording obtained by the New York Times of the contentious October meeting between NFL owners and players over protests during the national anthem, Patriots owner - and friend of President Trump - Robert Kraft blasted Trump.
“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” the Times quotes Kraft as saying. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie cautioned the players not to be baited by Trump, who earlier in the fall had called NFL players sons of bitches for kneeling during the anthem before games. Lurie called the Trump presidency "disastrous."
"We've got to be careful not to be baited by Trump or whoever else," Lurie said.
Many of the players told the owners that ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who initiated the kneeling protest, was being blackballed by the owners.
"We all agree in this room that he should be on a roster," said former Patriots linebacker Chris Long, who recently retired after winning a Super Bowl with the Eagles.
The Patriots-picking-Lamar-Jackson rumors Thursday night in the first-round of the draft are bound to heat up in the next 24 hours after a report by Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated's MMQB that the Louisville quarterback had a second workout for the Pats - this one a private session in South Florida for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Jackson, the Heisman Trophy winner in 2016, previously made a visit to Foxboro, where he even got a laugh out of Bill Belichick.
A few notes from Dallas: +Lamar Jackson visited w/Patriots 2x: private workout in S.Fla w/McDaniels plus visit to Foxborough +He marveled at seeing Belichick laugh +Rosen has been told he looks like a cross btwn Eli & A. Rodgers (yes) +All players happy to be drafted anywhere
Speaking at the site of the draft in Dallas on Wednesday, Jackson, via NFL.com's Jeremy Bergman, sounded excited at the prospect of New England trading up to get him and he's sticking by his mother as his manager.
Jackson on prospect of Pats trading up for him: “I’d love that. I’d love for any team to trade up.” Says he could teach Tom Brady how to move better. The 🐐 could teach him all the fundamentals.