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Jacob Hollister 'proud and happy' to be part of Patriots 53-man roster

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Jacob Hollister 'proud and happy' to be part of Patriots 53-man roster

Jacob Hollister proved he wasn’t a one-hit wonder, at least not in this summer. The undrafted rookie tight end burst onto the scene with a 116-yard receiving night in the preseason opener versus Jacksonville, but followed it up by continuing to make plays in training camp, joint practices and one more time, in the preseason finale Thursday against the Giants. That’s why he never got that phone call or tap on the shoulder yesterday when the Patriots cut their roster to 53 men.

“It was just craziness,” said Hollister, recalling the day. “Really excited. Worked my butt off with my teammates and it’s such a blessing to be a part of this organization. I’m really proud and happy.”

Hollister didn’t know what to expect yesterday. It was just wait and see and hope and pray.

“Pretty much don’t want to get news, I guess,” said the Oregon native. “This was my first time, my first go around. I was just kind of waiting around. You go into meetings and if you don’t get called…I was happy not to get some news.”

Hollister’s twin brother, Cody, wasn’t as lucky, at least not on the initial cut down day. A wideout who battled a shoulder injury for a couple weeks to start camp, Cody made a late run at a spot, and maybe did enough to impress the Pats coaching staff to want to continue working with him (i.e. practice squad). Jacob may have hinted at such a move when I asked him if making the team was bittersweet considering what happened to his brother.

“A little bit but we both came into knowing that that’s part of it and that this is a business at the end of the day,” said Jacob, continuing, “but we’ll find out here in a little bit what’s going to be official for him. But he’s really happy for me and I'm really happy for him and we’ll just move on and see what happens today.”

What happens from here could be out of either Hollister’s hands, depending on injuries or other players that may become available in the coming days and weeks. But one thing is certain to Jacob: if he does what’s expected, Belichick doesn’t care where or how you were acquired. Proof is once again in the pudding, with four undrafted players making the roster.

“I feel like definitely have known it’s not how you get here, it’s what you do when you’re here,” said Hollister, a Wyoming product. “That’s something coach Belichick made clear the first day we got here and I knew that if I put the work in, and I put what i needed to on film, and got the guys to trust me and everything like that then I’d have a good chance.”

One he made the most of.

Tom Brady hints at playing until 45 in Instagram comment

Tom Brady hints at playing until 45 in Instagram comment

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potential retirement has been the main storyline of the team's offseason workouts. After telling Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he is thinkning about retirement more than he used to, the five-time Super Bowl champion wrote a cryptic response to an ESPN Instagram post

The photo contained the full retirement quote from the Oprah interview, while Brady's account sent a response saying, "Cuarenta y cinco," which means 45 in Spanish. Brady turns 41 on August 3rd, which would give him at least four more years under center for New England if he wants to play to 45 years old.

There is also the chance that the response alludes to a potential contract extension where Brady could want $45 million in potential negotiations. Brady reportedly wanted a new contract back in April, as he is signed through 2019 making a $14 million base salary that ranks fifth among NFL quarterbacks. 

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Rob Gronkowski reportedly shopped to teams the Patriots trust

Rob Gronkowski reportedly shopped to teams the Patriots trust

According to MMQB's Albert Breer on Monday, the New England Patriots reportedly talked to four "trusted" teams about a potential trade for the two-time Super Bowl champion pass catcher. 

The reported teams were the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers. The Lions are led by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their head coach. New England's former director of pro scouting, Bob Quinn, is Detroit's general manager.  Mike Vrabel, the head coach of the Titans, won three Super Bowls in New England as a linebacker and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is the head coach in Houston. San Francisco was New England's trade partner in the Jimmy Garoppolo trade last season. 

Gronkowski did not commit to returning to the Patriots until a few days before the draft, and also missed most of the team's voluntary offseason workouts. The Patriots and the tight end are reportedly working on a contract extension

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