Fitting, really. The Patriots will get back to work on . . . you guessed it . . . Patriots Day.
In two weeks, on April 17, the team will begin its offseason conditioning program. That will eventually lead into organized team activities (which are optional), and mandatory minicamp.
The following is a list of some of the key dates worth keeping an eye on for both on-the-field and off-the-field (White House visit, anyone?) events:
Wednesday, April 12
Patriots 2017 Hall of Fame Nomination Committee meeting
Monday, April 17
New England Patriots offseason conditioning program commences
Tuesday, April 18
11:30 Director of player personnel Nick Caserio pre-draft press conference
Wednesday, April 19
New England Patriots Super Bowl LI team visit to the White House
2017 NFL Draft
Thursday, April 27 – Round 1
Friday, April 28 – Rounds 2-3
Saturday, April 29 – Rounds 4-7
May OTA Dates
Monday, May 22
Tuesday, May 23
Thursday, May 25 – open to the media
Wednesday, May 31
June OTA Dates
Thursday, June 1
Monday, June 12 – open to the media
Tuesday, June 13
Thursday, June 15
Patriots June Minicamp Dates (all open to media)
Tuesday, June 6
Wednesday, June 7
Thursday, June 8
Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?
Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride.
Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.
So, who won the dance-off?
Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.
The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.
"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."
Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.