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Curran: Gronkowski has been unhappy since training camp

Curran: Gronkowski has been unhappy since training camp

As Rob Gronkowski ponders possibly giving up football for wrestling, NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran reveals the tight end "didn't enjoy himself" this past season and "a hell of an air-clearing" is needed in Foxboro.

Curran, speaking Monday on "Boston Sports Tonight",  said it's "starting to wear on him mentally and physically, the atmosphere in Foxboro...He seriously considered stepping away from the game in training camp."

"They still need to have a hell of an air-clearing at Patriot Place to get these guys back," Curran said. 

Since the retirement issue first came up at the Super Bowl, Gronkowski and those around him have hinted about the All-Pro joining the WWE or becoming an action-movie star. 

A series of tweets from Gronk the past few days have fueled the wrestling speculation.

Watch the video above for more and here's more from Curran on the Patriots' Gronk dilemma.

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

1:24 - Tom E. Curran is joined by General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons Thomas Dimitroff, who talks about his impressions of Bill Belichick following the NFL meetings in March.

9:55 - Before letting him go, Tom gets Dimitroff's thoughts on the batch of receivers in the upcoming draft.

13:58 - Tom breaks down each and every matchup of the Patriots 2019 schedule, from their Week 1 opener vs. the Steelers, to their tough Week 5-through-9 stretch  (18:31), to an interesting December with games against the Texans and Chiefs (23:55).

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

Two of the Patriots' last seven first-round draft picks have been offensive tackles: Isaiah Wynn and Nate Solder.

And though tackle doesn't seem to be a pressing first-round need this year, there's no doubt that New England could look to beef up that position by going back to the well at some point in this year's draft.

The Patriots don't have an obvious candidate for their swing tackle spot at the moment. Plus, there could be shakeup coming up front in 2020. Joe Thuney will be a free agent, and if the Patriots want the flexibility to move Wynn to guard, then a tackle from this year's draft class would make sense. 

Based on past picks in the Belichick era, Phil Perry takes a look at some tackles who fit the Patriots' mold and could work in Foxboro this fall.

Click here for hsi list of Prototypical Patriots tackles in the 2019 Draft.>>>>

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