First Earl Thomas hit Rob Gronkowski so hard that the Patriots tight end could have a punctured lung. Then he hit him with a total sweetheart move. Now, the two are in a compliments battle.
A day after Thomas’ crushing hit on Gronkowski in the Seahawks’ Sunday night victory over the Patriots, Thomas tweeted that he had “nothing but respect for Gronk” and that he was “hoping to see him back on the field sooner than later.”
Thomas’ tweet was well-received by Patriots fans, who responded with the typical “class act” platitudes bestowed on athletes every time they act like humans.
Gronkowski took notice as well, responding Tuesday night with a tweet of his own to Thomas.
Gronkowski’s status for Sunday’s game against the 49ers is currently unknown. Asked about it Tuesday, Bill Belichick was typically not helpful.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.