Patriots announce dates for OTA, minicamp workouts

Patriots announce dates for OTA, minicamp workouts

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 

Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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.