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20 Under 25: N'Keal Harry could be Patriots' top target for years to come

20 Under 25: N'Keal Harry could be Patriots' top target for years to come

The Patriots haven’t drafted a star receiver early in the draft for 17 years. Now would be a good time for that trend to end. 

In N'Keal Harry, the only receiver Bill Belichick has drafted in the first round with the Patriots, Tom Brady can only hope he has a No. 1 receiver to last him the last of his career. Harry’s rookie contract means he’ll be under control for either four or five years, thus bridging the gap between Brady and the next guy.

So far, Harry has received positive marks in training camp, though an injury suffered in joint practices in Detroit popped up in the preseason opener. 

Once Harry finds his footing in the NFL, he’s expected to be a physical receiver whose tenacity makes up for any lack of straight-line speed (he ran a 4.53 40-yard dash). He’s often been compared to Anquan Boldin (Harry is 6-4, 225, Boldin 6-1, 220). The Patriots would take that. 

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Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.