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Curran: Patriots, Darrelle Revis have not discussed deal

Curran: Patriots, Darrelle Revis have not discussed deal

The Patriots and Darrelle Revis have not discussed a deal that would bring the cornerback back to New England, according to CSNNE's Tom Curran.

This comes after CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported multiple anonymous NFL executives were convinced Revis would return to the Patriots.

Revis spent one season with the Patriots in 2014 when New England won Super Bowl XLIX. However, the Patriots did not pick up Revis' second-year option in the following offseason, and he elected to sign with the New York Jets in free agency. He played 14 games in 2015 and 15 games in 2016. He finished last season with 53 tackles, five pass deflections and one interception

The 31-year-old cornerback declined significantly during the 2016 season. Even Tom Brady said he noticed Revis was struggling phyiscally in the Patriots' Week 12 win over the Jets.

"I know he's not feeling great," Brady said in November. "I could see after the game, he winced a few times getting up. It looked like his leg was bothering him a little bit. But he's still very close on a lot of those plays. Even though you're hitting them, he's still very competitive.

"He's been one of the great players in the league for a long time. He's given up more plays this year than in the past, but you've gotta have a lot of respect for his style and his game."

NFL power rankings Week 15: Where do Patriots stand after loss to Dolphins?

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NFL power rankings Week 15: Where do Patriots stand after loss to Dolphins?

The New England Patriots appeared to have the AFC East title locked up before the Miami Dolphins miraculously found the end zone on a 69-yard touchdown as time expired to stun their rivals and earn a 34-33 win Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.

The crushing loss put the Patriots' division title celebrations on hold, and now they must travel to Pittsburgh for a tough Week 15 matchup against the reeling Steelers.

The Patriots still sit in the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture despite losing in Miami. They caught a break when the AFC South-leading Houston Texans lost at home to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Patriots own the tiebreaker over the Texans as a result of their head-to-head win in Week 1, but there's no room for error for New England as the regular season draws to a close.

The loss to Miami didn't hurt New England's standing much in the latest NFL power rankings made by league experts. Here's a round up of where the Patriots stand in several expert NFL power rankings entering Week 15.

ESPN: No. 5
NFL.com: No. 4
ProFootballTalk: No. 5
CBS Sports: No. 4
Bleacher Report: No. 4
USA Today: No. 5
Sporting News: No. 6

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Josh McDaniels: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski shows 'tremendous courage' on inside routes

Josh McDaniels: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski shows 'tremendous courage' on inside routes

Rob Gronkowski had his best game since September but he paid a physical price for it.

We catalogued the devastating hits Gronk took from Miami safety T.J. McDonald – twice on the right knee/thigh, once in the spine. Gronk also got smashed last week by Minnesota’s Harrison Smith and took a number of whacks from the Jets’ Jamal Adams.

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The reality is, Rob Gronkowski takes an outlandish amount of punishment in the form of high-speed collisions where he has little time to brace himself. Maybe more than anybody else in the league.

And while we sometimes eyeroll about his availability or speculate about his long-term commitment because of the physical toll taken, it was important to hear Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels put Gronk’s physical sacrifice in perspective on Tuesday.

“There’s no question that he’s an extremely tough guy,” said McDaniels. “I think we have a lot of those guys on our team and Gronk is certainly one of the tougher ones in the league at that position.

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“Because of his size and where he catches the football which is between the numbers, there’s a lot of bodies that eventually come downhill towards him and make a decision how to tackle him,” McDaniels continued. “Most of those people usually go low. They could choose to do some other thing but they usually choose to go low because of how big he is and the concept of trying to tackle him high generally isn’t high on everyone’s wish list.”

Gronk got his knee wrecked in 2013 by Cleveland’s T.J. Ward on a low hit flush to the inner part of his leg. Maybe it was just perception on my behalf, but after that it seemed a lot of defenders did him a solid by trying to avoid going low. For a time.

The next big hit to the leg came in Week 11 of 2015 when Gronk was drilled low in a game at Denver and was carted off the field. It was scary. Gronk’s reaction was extreme. But in the end, the injury was just a bruise.

Gronk’s writhing on the field made everyone watching fear the worst: another ruined knee. Maybe he too feared the worst because he’d already experienced it. And the reaction perhaps showed that he even anticipated it.

Every player in every game reconciles himself somehow to the reality that serious or even catastrophic injury is a potential outcome.

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But most players have a greater level of control than a player like Gronkowski who has to make himself prone to execute his assignment.

“Playing his position at his size, … requires a tremendous amount of courage to go in there and continue to run pass routes inside,” said McDaniels. “You know you’re gonna eventually incur some punishment and hits. Thankfully, they are not to the head and neck area anymore but there’s no doubt that toughness and courage is a huge element of playing inside in our league and in the passing game and having success. Being able to stay focused on the football, finish the play properly, understanding in the back of your mind you know you’re gonna take a hit (is difficult).

“I would say Julian (Edelman) is right up there also,” McDaniels concluded. “They both do a lot of stuff inside and they both have a great understanding of how that works and neither one of them plays the game with fear. I have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for all the things they do inside and the toughness they display week in and week out.”

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